Robert Parker, Wine, and Menopause

So why is it that the overwhelming majority of official wine tasters and critics are men? It's not because they're better at the sniffing or tasting. It's because they have better memories. And because they don’t go through menopause.

2012 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray

2012 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray
Because I'm a lunatic, I've decided to pursue several wine certifications. Why? Because I want to know as much as possible and share what I know with those who care to learn. What that means is that I have to know the tasting matrices of the various certification bodies: Guild of Sommeliers (aka Court of Master Sommeliers), Society of...

Wine Tasting at Harley-Davidson

The bikes were awesome although I admit to being a motorcycle coward.

The Cooking Experience – Mise En Place

Olive Oil Breadsticks
Besides, once more people know about it, it'll be harder for me to get into the really great dinners. Less for me.

Uncorked – My Newest Addiction

I suddenly felt the way you feel when you have that dream where you aren't wearing any clothes and everybody looks at you like you're crazy? That feeling.

2013 Olema Chardonnay – Sonoma County

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Kudos to the winemaker for such a deft touch and avoiding the buttery overoaked character so often seen in Chardonnays developed in new oak.

“Speaking” of Wine

Santa Maria Inn Wine Cellar
Well, I was funny through all levels and made it for the finals! Who knew that talking about my dating life could be so hysterical.

“Speaking” of the Central Coast – Industrial EATS

Industrial Eats Deli top - extras to purchase
While I was at it, I also ordered a glass of Ampelos Pinot Noir which was served in a heavy tumbler. I had no qualms.

How I Get Great Photos! Ztylus Case for My iPhone 6s!

Smartphones may very well be the new Nikons. Or if you have an iPhone 6s Plus like I do, even Hasselblads! (inside photographer joke).

The Intern – Movie with Wine. ish.

While there is an eyebrow-raising scene or two with Mr. De Niro and Rene Russo in this movie, there’s nothing that sets him up as a romantic lead. He’s too sweet, nice, and cheek-pinchable.

Big Horn Olive Oil Company – EVOO & Budget Clash

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The flavors are amazing; they have small tasting cups that you can use to sample. That's how I ended up spending so much money. It's a plot.

Sideways 3, Chile

If this book is ever made into a movie, Chile’s tourism department will be swamped with Americans who will want to go on the new Chilean wine trail.