Sommelier, Con’t & Summer Wines

It was comfortable enough in the shade, but the shade was rapidly retreating. Fortunately, it's a dry heat. Not unlike a blowtorch.

Trader Joe’s, Pine Ridge, and Learning Your Own Palate

Trader Joe's 2010 Petite Reserve Napa Valley Merlot
I would love to be able to enjoy the 98+ point wines, but no wine shops have layaway.

Hollywood Rosés – Beverly Hills and Bradgelina!

Bradelina's Wine
Whether you're visiting San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, the OC, or San Diego, there's always something to dazzle the eyes and to spark the romantic imagination.

A Cheeky Barolo Pairing

Now this combination is the essence of food and wine. This why people over millennia have embraced the combination where each one complements and lifts the other, making the whole far greater than the two individual parts. Kinda like 50+50=150.

2010 Hug Cellars Cabernet. Boom.

Hug Cellars 2010 Starr Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Unfortunately, that means that sometimes I miss on stocking up on wines that once opened, may not be replaceable. Like this one. Oh well.

Pinot School – Siduri in the House!

There was much spitting and dumping which broke my heart. Okay, so I did more dumping since I'm still uncertain about spitting in public. The dribble issue, you see.

2010 Calera Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard

You would have seen the devolution of a quasi-professional tasting into little more than a greedy drink-fest.

2011 Calera Chardonnay – Mt. Harlan Vineyard

While the visit to Caesar's was pretty horrific - in fact, I haven't returned - the one jewel was the glass of Calera Pinot Noir which was presented to me to make up for all of the Wine Fubars they had committed.

…To the Ridiculous – $2.98 Pinot Noir Review

One month later, I finally decided to taste it. Had to let it *age,* you know.

2009 Asuncion Ridge Pinot Noir

Do you think I'm going to say bad things about a well-made example of my favorite varietal? I think not.

2011 Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese

I've been fortunate enough to taste a Riesling that was nearly 30 years old, and it was glorious. A deep, rich gold with flavors of honey and octane. Delicious.

2004 Robert Young Estates Scion-Sonoma vs. Napa

Since my years of spring chickenhood are far behind me, I decided to cap the "aging" time frame at about ten years. Seems reasonable.