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Merlot grapes on the vine (Wikipedia)

After the House, the Search for the Perfect Merlot

Personally, I have a hard time with Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec because they are real bruisers. Unless, of course, there's a candlelit, air-conditioned romantic dinner involved...
The Zin Lineup

The Zen of Zin – America’s Wine or Not?

I looked at the large tumbler filled with ice cubes and White Zinfandel fresh out of the box. It was topped with a colorful bendy straw. I sighed. Surely there had to be more to wine than this.

Wine, HGTV, Fixer Upper, and Me

And then for some reason, tiny insects decided that they just had to commit suicide on my freshly painted doors. Besides tweezing their little carcasses from the paint, there was even more razoring, sanding and repainting!
The grounds at the Paso Robles Inn

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend Zinposium!

While once the wines were big, jammy, fruit-forward, and alcoholic, they now have added layers of complexity and maturity which was almost unheard of a decade ago.

Changing of the Guard – Hug Cellars

It's an end of one era, but the beginning of something just as great.

Today’s Tasting Note: Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

I didn't realize when I purchased the 2011 Plungerhead Zin a few weeks ago that it was made by The Other Guys, whose mission, it seems, is to make good wines at everyman prices.

Paso Robles 11 AVA Petition – A Consumer’s View

I've spent some time reading the varying opinions of winemakers, wine growers, bloggers, columnists, ad nauseum, and finally decided to jump into the fray myself.

I Love Talking About My First Time

Jocularity and minds-in-the-gutter snickering aside, I want to talk about my first time with specific types and varietals of wines and the impact that they made on my wine-loving experience.

Gold Country Rose! Yum!

On the nose I detected a whiff of watermelon interspersed with strawberries and beach. Yeah, beach. Think northern California beach, early morning, breezy and cool. Just a whiff of *that.*
2004 Villicana Cabernet Sauvignon

Tale of the Hat and Old Wine

Alex gave me a look and said, "You lost him?!? With THAT hat?!?" And it's been an ongoing inside chuckle ever since!