2013 Handcraft Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Handcraft Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon; Sangiovese
Region: California – USA
Cost: $13 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: Robust aromas of black cherry, black peppercorn, and violet greet your nose. The layers of flavor that follow are nothing short of fantastic with hints of black fruit compote, clove, spice, and black currant. This full …read more


I put the little Sony on the table at the local boozer, The Royal Oak at Clarendon, pointed it across the road, pushed the button, and got this snap of the vineyard coming over the hill. There’ll be no more green after this; just in the last two days, everything’s …read more

A year for the table

Photo by Vinologue

At the beginning of May, during the Fira del Vi, I stopped in to visit a friend in the village of Capçanes in Priorat as he was out removing excess growth in his small vineyard of Hairy Grenache and Carignan. As it was 20:00 and the sun was …read more


Today I lunched with two very important people: Annika Berlingieri (left) and Annabelle Collett, who made the trippy woven plastic artwork with the spoons and stuff. We went to our favourite restaurant, the astonishing Fino. Please go there … photos Philip White …read more

Deserving Cyber Sips

What Keeps this Blog Going? Readership and a Little Recognition If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know we focus on writing with passion and purpose. We’re not a big corporation, although many of our readers think so. We don’t monetize but many think we make a …read more

6 Food Trends Call For Off-The-Wall Wine Pairings

2015 Food Trends include Comfort Food and Cabernet Franc

The hottest food trends posted for 2015 prove that our taste preferences are rapidly changing. It’s time to pair wine more intelligently with your evolving new diet.

Go beyond “white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat”

Fortunately, new trends in cuisine give you the opportunity to …read more

I’m the new “go with” wine guy

I went on a “go with” yesterday. That is (as I just learned) the jargon for a salesperson who calls on an account and brings “someone else” (like me) with him. In this case, I’m the “famous former wine critic” whom most of the accounts have heard of, and …read more

US 2014 Vintage – Early, Fast, Eventful


It has become my habit each year to check in with winemakers across the United States as harvest concludes in order to get a sense of the vintage as a whole. Without fail, the assessments I receive from the far-flung winegrowing regions of the country generally sound like descriptions of …read more