Just hours on the ground here in Italy. I’m spending what’s left of the weekend in Venice, which tonight is the most serene of republics. January is a time when the tourists go elsewhere, like Cuba or Thailand. Venice is damp and cold. But there is a warm front and …read more
Over the past year I’ve reviewed a few different Bordeaux wines, a category that generally isn’t on the list of “cheap” wines. But they do offer some good values and it’s possible to find some tasty ones for under $20.
This particular one is a little over the $20 price …read more
Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.
This week’s samples included a most unusual trio of rosés. Now I’m generally not a …read more
In the era of social media, we often get to know people long before we meet them in person. Anyone highly active on Twitter, for instance, likely has dozens or even hundreds of people that they have gradually gotten to know in little 140 character chunks, sometimes over years.
That’s the …read more
The Stuff of Life
Water drips from a healthy grape leaf after a wet night in Sonoma County. While early season rains gave farmers some hope for a wet winter, rainfall remains disastrously low throughout drought-stricken California.
Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save …read more
My wife and I started watching Hell on Wheels when it first aired starting with episode #1. We were in the midst of also watching Sons of Anarchy, Dexter and Mad Men when we go into it. We told all our friends about it telling them they HAD to watch …read more
Photographer: Gabriella Opaz
Capture Date: February 15, 2011
Location: Porto, Portugal
About: There are old bottles, and there are bottles that stay etched in your memory forever. Century old bottles of Quinta do Noval collect layers of dust, waiting for that one singular moment when they can sing their story.
Desktop Wallpaper: To download …read more
Wine Review: 2013 Lula Cellars Gewurztraminer, Mendocino, California I tend to have a soft spot in my heart for cool climate Gewurztraminer if they are dry with a good amount of spice. That specific style of Gewurztraminer is a versatile tool in any serious culinarians repertoire; especially if any spicy …read more
Each New Year starts with well-intentioned resolutions, many of which involve cleansing your body of all the goodies you gorged on during the holidays. But resolutions are as quickly broken as they are promised—especially if there isn’t a solid plan in place. For foodies, the biggest challenge has to be …read more
Who can forget “Sideways,” over the last decade since it came out Pinot Noir plantings have grown by an area fifty times the size Central Park! Also, most of us have now seen “Somm” on Netflix, but many of us are still scratching our heads pondering the fundamental question: …read more
PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 15, 2015 — Travel Portland, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, is partnering with Base Camp Brewing Company to introduce a series of limited-availability #PDXNOW beers as part of the organization’s larger “Portland is Happening Now” winter tourism campaign. In a …read more
Above: the Houston Sommelier Association in Houston is one of the coolest and most friendly wine “study groups” in the country. The mood is always convivial but serious and everyone, even laypersons, are always welcomed with open arms.
First the good news…
I’m thrilled to share the news that I will be …read more
After being gone for a whole week, it was nice to be home. Ben was very excited to see me, and his mom was very happy to not have 100% of his attention solely directed at her! It was a beautiful week in Colorado; we even had a happy hour/picnic …read more