Steven Spurrier – Interview and Winery Tour

View from Ridge Winery
He single-handedly - along with the finest palates in France - brought California wine to the world's consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let's just say that it wasn't a happy moment for the finest palates in France.

I’ll See You In My Dreams – The Movie, Wine, Sam Elliott and Sex

Chardonnay Grapes Close Up
Carol and her friends lived a golf course community lifestyle, and I already knew there’d be no Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay anywhere.

2005 Hunt Cellars “Moonlight Sonata” Chardonnay – Reprise

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Just how many times am I going to review this wine?!?

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Visiting the Wineries

Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
And the lottery tickets didn't help. Eight dollars in winnings don't exactly add up to a retirement-worthy windfall.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Winemakers Seminar

Yes, growing grapes is similar to actual farming, but he noted that while regular crops required water in order to live and thrive, grapevines only required water to not die.

From Chilean Petit Sirah to French Whisky – An Afternoon Tasting with Palm Bay

The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don't hate me because I'm Prüm.

Hug Cellars Pinot & Syrah with Friends

No additives and no laboratory gymnastics to get the wines to fit a certain "profile," just fermented grapes in a bottle. What more could you ask for.

Rex Pickett’s Vertical – Part Two of the Trilogy

If you love a well-crafted, beautifully-plotted book, you will enjoy Vertical. As with all of Rex’s books, you'll have to bring your brain to the table. And a dictionary wouldn't hurt, either.

Tasting Notes: 2009 Gap’s Crown Chardonnay

2009 Gap's Crown Chardonnay
I'm just not really a Chardonnay kind of gal. However, a good wine is a good wine and this is a good wine! Plus, it’s spring! Plus (insert any relevant excuse here to have an expensive wine on a weeknight)!

(Good) Nevada Wines from Nevada Grapes. Yeah. Really.

UNR Vineyards
For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity - they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes - and there wasn't much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

2004 Barolo from Trader Joe’s – the Verdict

Glass of Barolo - Wikipedia
Instead of pairing with the dish, I felt that it was coyly teasing it.

Tasting Notes: 2014 Monte Velho White

Monte Velho
"I'll drink from the wine glass. If they have a problem with it, f**k 'em." Alrighty then!