October Wine Round-Up

Now that the weather has cooled down in Texas, I’ve been lucky enough to get a number of wine shipments coming my way. Those shipments led us to another #TipsyTuesday with a group of work colleagues. Sometimes you have to kiss many frogs before you find your prince, …read more

2011 Wildhaven Blazing Red

2011 Wildhaven Blazing Red

Varietal: Merlot
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington – USA
Cost: $11-$14

Winemaker’s Notes: True to its nose, robust flavors of berry cobbler and black cherries swirl with notes of mocha and deep spice, punctuated by medium-firm tannins on the finish.

My Review: If you’ve ever been to a Total Wine (and …read more

Wine highlights from last week in California

jeremy parzen prosecco col fondo

Thanks to everyone who came out to my Bele Casel tastings in Los Angeles! And special thanks to Jill at DomaineLA and Jayne and Jon at Jaynes in San Diego for hosting.

Prosecco Colfòndo is always a great excuse to get together and reconnect. It was super fun to taste …read more

Video: In Search of the Perfect Hamburger

Three star Michelin award-winning chef Heston Blumenthal is chef/owner of the Fat Duck Restaurant in Bray, England. The restaurant was given the distinction of best restaurant in the world in 2005. He uses whatever he can at his disposal to make the best food he can, often using what most …read more

Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

Savory vs Fruit Forward Wine Terms Black Currant and Ripe Strawberry

You know what wines you like but how do you describe them? Learn how to use wine tasting terms the right way to get the wine you want. Learning the fundamentals of tasting descriptions will also help you decipher wine writing and let you buy wine more confidently.

Using …read more

The soft bigotry of tasting inexpensive wine


If wine tasters could be categorized into political categories, I guess you’d call me a liberal. By that, I mean that all wines have the right to be taken seriously, in terms of their own aspirations and self-identity. No wine should be automatically dismissed because it’s inexpensive. As in …read more

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 20, 2014

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and …read more


Since the current nuts whisky boom continues, and in value (not volume) the USA sales of all whiskies appear to have surpassed vodka for the first time, there’s one thing you can be assured of. The enormous barrel stacks of ageing scotch in Scotland are being pillaged, so quality gradually …read more

Salwey Pinot Gris – Simply Fabulous

The longer I run this website, the more I find that the wines that interest me the most are the ones nobody reads about. I don’t think it’s that others wouldn’t enjoy them, they’re just unique gems that folks don’t come across every day and therefore aren’t searching for …read more

Stoudemire dunks himself in a red wine bath

amare wine bath

Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks’ oft-injured forward who makes $18 million this season, is into wine. Like really INTO wine: he posted a picture of himself on Instagram taking a red wine bath as part of his recovery.

The 31-year-old says he has been doing the “mostly wine” baths for about …read more

McCay Lot 13 Tempranillo

Wine Review: 2012 McCay Lot 13 Tempranillo, Lodi, CA One of the brightest shining stars of the Lodi wine world has to be Michael McCay and the magical Midas touch he brings to all the wines he makes. This 2012 Tempranillo is no exception, this grape (Tempranillo) never ceases to …read more

Vinography Images: Big Shadow


Big Shadow
A California Live Oak casts a big shadow in the morning sun near a vineyard in Sonoma County.

Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users …read more