I adore a stunning pair of high heels. I’m not talking about the mammoth spikes that can alternatively be used as an assault weapon, or block heels that make you walk like un-oiled stick figure; I’m referring to the elegant sensible heels that sculpt your legs into sumptuous, sleek delectables. …read more
New Yorkers are pretty grumpy these days and it’s not hard to understand why: for four weeks, they’ve been schlepping through snow, bitter cold, and the grimy slush that follows snowfall in the city that never slips on the black ice.
Poor Santa Ynez Valley. First they took its western half away when they made the Santa, err, Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Then they took the eastern side away with Happy Canyon. Then they tore out a hunk of its heart with Ballard Canyon. Now the cannibals are attacking other …read more
Say, riddle me this, Batman: where else are you going to get Hungarian Furmint coverage coupled with quotes from Terminator 2?
Nowhere, beeeeeeach, that’s where!
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Aloha. I had the opportunity last week to go on a sales incentive trip to Hawaii. I left as the snow and traffic snares piled up in Dallas and landed in paradise. As many of you know, I head marketing for a software company for the paying …read more
Have you heard? Box wines now has its own judging competition, “Concours International Wine in Box.” The first annual event takes place in Toulouse, France on March 20th. Wine judging competitions are quite popular, not only in America but also abroad. And for the first time, box wines …read more
Above: last night, Alice hosted Giovanni, his crew, and me in Soho for salad and cheese after we pigged out at Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s so important for me to eat leafy greens when I’m the road. Alice always hooks me up. Photo by …read more
The Essência do Vinho has just released the so awaited list of the TOP 10 of Portuguese wines. And the TOP 10 is:
1st White Wine
Quinta dos Carvalhais Branco Especial | Sogrape Vinhos Dão
1st Fortified Wine
After first meeting 15 years ago, Debra catches up with Véronique Sanders of Château Haut-Bailly, whose family has owned or run the property for four generations now. They discuss the gravel and sand soil conditions of the vineyard and how it does (or does not) effect the character of wine, …read more
For some time now, the San Francisco Chronicle—Northern California’s largest newspaper, and a force in its wine industry for decades—has been cutting back on wine reporting.
The paper used to have a standalone wine section. They did away with that some years ago, and merged it into a weekly wine …read more
I find it interesting to look at the history of some Chilean wine producers. Some have a long history, but it often appears to be a rather sleepy one. Such is the case for Santa Rita, with a history dating back to 1880, but things really started happening …read more
East coast weather is so bad today… It’s a miracle that I’m getting on a flight at all.
I had to switch up my travel plans and so the girls drove me to the airport (because I’ll be returning to a different airport).
Before we got in the van, Georgia P …read more
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
I was surprised to read that Sauvignon Blanc “is Britain’s favorite wine,” white or red, in the Daily Mail.
It has “pipped Chardonnay to number one,” the story says. (That “pipped” was a new one on me. I assumed it meant “surpassed,” so I looked it up on Google, …read more
The waking world is fraught with disappointment, large and small. From the land mine of the news cycle to something as simple as overexposure to tannins. And so it was, last week, bundled up in my warm little cabin on the side of a hill in California wine country, that …read more
Video: Discover the Wines of Bordeaux Michael Fagan takes us on this memorable journey through the historic vineyards of Bordeaux in 2005. Discover why this region produces wine with such a prestigious worldwide reputation. Explore the wines, the people, and the Chateaux of this famous appellation. …read more