Typicity, Tasting, Hemingway, and Scrooge

When the wine does not have the characteristics that you have come to expect from that varietal then there truly is a Great Disturbance in the Force.

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...

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.

2010 Jalama-Cargasacchi Pinot Noir – Jewelry in a Glass

Jalama-Cargasacchi Pinot Noir
Like many of the other wineries in the Ghetto, his vineyards are located in what can arguably be termed the middle of nowhere.

The Anomaly of Donati Family Vineyard

I met with Mitch Bakich, a handlebar-mustachioed young man who is the Managing Evangelist of Donati. I was able to taste through all of their available wines and despite the screaming shrieks and agonized protests of the Budget™, walked out with at least half a case.

An Evening at Jaleo

So what do you do when you've had the opportunity to visit one of the best restaurants in Vegas and do a review, but you're with your main squeeze? You punt.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Largest Winery-ish

Boxes of local wines
The largest winery in Paso Robles isn't one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It's not even a winery, at least not technically.

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.

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.