Everybody wants that younger demographic

Like King Arthur seeking the Holy Grail, wine marketers turn a covetuous eye toward Millennials, or Gen Y, as the answer to their (sales) prayers. Nothing surprising about that—marketing people always are looking to attract buyers–but what’s downright bizarre is that many of them are changing their previous marketing …read more

How to Hold a Wine Glass Civilized

How to Hold a Glass of Wine

In case you’re curious, here’s how to hold a wine glass with the utmost social etiquette. Your grandmother will be happy.

How to Hold a Wine Glass

Hold a wine glass towards the base of the stem between your thumb, forefinger and middle finger. You’ll find that …read more

Good Reads Wednesday

by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
Every Wednesday I post my recommendations of the best of last week’s postings concerning wine, whether blogs or news. I list them in the order I read them, so you shouldn’t infer anything about the order …read more

A reader comment prompts me to again address the California bashers

It is fairly common, in the anecdote-sphere (a universe parallel to the blogosphere), for knowledgeable people to say that superpremium California wine is nearly impossible to sell back East, or even east of the Rockies.

According to this take, nobody in America likes California wine anymore, except, possibly, Californians—and even …read more

A reader comment prompts me to again address the California bashers

It is fairly common, in the anecdote-sphere (a universe parallel to the blogosphere), for knowledgeable people to say that superpremium California wine is nearly impossible to sell back East, or even east of the Rockies.

According to this take, nobody in America likes California wine anymore, except, possibly, Californians—and even …read more

Will Climate Change be the Death of Cork?

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There’s a lot of talk these days about the impacts of climate change on wine. Weather patterns are shifting, volatility of weather continues to increase, and yes, temperatures continue to rise in some areas of the globe, pushing harvests earlier and earlier.

Most of these discussions focus on the impact to …read more

2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate located in Hood River, Oregon is a small boutique winery that practice sustainable agricultural practices and produces 5,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot noir annually. The started with Pin ot noir in 1990, and added a few …read more

O Paparico: Top Portuguese Restaurant in Porto

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There is no sign, there is no grand entry, there is simply a wooden door with a knocker.

“How do we get in?” I ask Sara, who was dutifully watching over Mica in his portable carseat.

“The door isn’t open? Really?! Is this the right place?” she inquires, a little concerned that …read more