Vinography Images: Shades of Autumn


Shades of Autumn
Grape leaves show their intense autumn colors in a Sonoma County vineyard.

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Native Kitchen & Kombucha Bar

Local honey and cheese from Native Kitchen and Kombucha Bar in Petaluma

Local honey and cheese from Native Kitchen and Kombucha Bar in Petaluma

Focused on food prepared with a “healing intent”—with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options as the core of her menu—Dravis doesn’t trade flavor for philosophy, or eschew meat on the menu. Instead, her offerings are a simple mix of seasonal …read more

2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

2012 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Monterey, California – USA
Cost: $15 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, earth and a touch of vanilla. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder, and delicate hints of …read more

A day on the road: My drive to Santa Maria

Rest Stop

Set out on my Santa Barbara trip yesterday around 9:45 a.m. It was still mild in Oakland, but those clouds were moving in in advance of a big storm. Which we need!

Not for nothing is the 880 Freeway known as the Nasty Nimitz. They don’t allow big rigs on …read more

16th Annual Pinot Fest: November 22, 2014


One of the longest running wine tasting events in San Francisco is also one of its best. While the city often plays host to really huge public tastings like ZAP, Family Winemakers, and PinotDays, some of the better tastings are more intimate and focused. Both words appropriately describe <a target="_blank" …read more

A Seriously Useful Guide on Biodynamic Wines


What exactly is Biodynamic Wine and why is it so controversial? Find out about biodynamic wines including how they’re made and how they taste.

A Guide To Biodynamic Wine

Some call it “Hippie, dippy, wacky commune back to the Earth zeitgeist” while proponents claim that it permits the only …read more

Video: White Wines of Burgundy

Chardonnay is the white grape of Burgundy and this moderate growing region of France is where you find some of it’s greatest expressions. Names like Montrachet, Chablis and Pouilly-Fuissé. This is the region where the chardonnay grape developed and today it’s made in a range of styles. From bone-dry wines …read more

Musetto e brovada al Cappello #Udine

musetto brovada

Musetto (boiled pig snout sausage) and brovada (shredded sour turnips macerated in red wine) at Osteria al Cappello.

Borgo del Tiglio white blend. Even an older vintage of the winery’s entry-tier white blend always delivers. Great winery, great wines.

This trip has had some real highs and real lows. That’s …read more

¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspiro por verte

¡Qué lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido!
inmensa nostalgia invade mi pensamiento;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento.
¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspiro por verte
ahora que lejos yo vivo sin luz, sin amor;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al …read more

2010 Antonelli Montefalco Rosso

2010 Antonelli Montefalco Rosso

Variety: 65% Sangiovese; 15% Sagrantino; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot
Region: San Marco – Italy
Cost: $22 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: Deep ruby red with purple tints. The bouquet abounds in fruits of the forest, cherries and plums and enjoyable toasted aromas. In the mouth it is generous, warm, and …read more


Paracombe Adelaide
Hills Holland Creek Riesling 2014 

$20; 13% alcohol;
screw cap; 92++ points 

It was red that introduced me to Paracombe. It was
the first Adelaide Hills Affair about two dozen years back. In a crowded room
in Hahndorf I sat tasting a long line of glasses when a great fist thrust
through over my shoulder, …read more