2014 Pinot on the River Tasting: October 26, Healdsburg

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Now is a wonderful, if slightly manic time to be wandering around wine country. Harvest is, for many, complete, and wines are bubbling and burbling their way through fermentations. It’s the time of year that wine country really becomes wine country. As the afternoon sun angles low, life …read more

2010 Camino del Toro Syrah

2010 Camino del Toro Syrah

Varietal: Syrah
Region: Mendoza – Argentina
Cost: $18 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: Flashing a dark red and maroon color, the Camino del Toro is visually stunning. Even more so, fruit and spice notes with hints of vanilla, tobacco, winter spice, and oak are all present, representing classic Syrah. The palette …read more

Wine and Your Sex Drive

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Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly pops into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time. Which left us wondering…

Why is wine and sex a thing?

In 2009, an Italian research group published a study …read more

Understanding temperature data? Not so easy!

One of the toughest parts of my job—of any wine writer’s job, actually—is finding reliable, historic data on which to base conclusions about terroir.

Lord knows, we have endless discussions about terroir, yet most of them are based on anecdotal information and as we all know anecdotes are not reliable. …read more

The Whiskey Sour at Whiskey Tip

A Whiskey Sour at  Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa

A Whiskey Sour at Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa

It’s not often you get a decent cocktail at a bar anymore. ‘Tenders are too busy making Jack & Cokes and pouring cheap beer.

In fact, we’ve gotten a few sneers for merely asking for a gin and tonic.

But we’re loving the hand-crafted …read more

Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2010 Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot noir, Willamette Valley If you like your Pinot noir to have a sincere rustic earthiness, flaunting a little promiscuity at the same time, you will love the 2010 Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot noir. Offering seductive concentration, this style of wine is delightfully dissimilar …read more

The difference between how Italians & Americans view wine: poop

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From the department of “reductive reasoning” (winemakers will get the joke)…

Above: pork salumi, rendered lard, and beef steaks in the meat case at Dario Cecchini’s famous butcher shop in Panzano in the heart of Chianti Classico. No Italian in their right mind would eat rendered lard without a glass of …read more

They said it on Facebook: bad restaurant behavior

What’s the fastest way to make an asshole out of yourself in a restaurant? I was wondering because of some recent experiences, so I asked my Facebook friends, and as usual, they stepped up to the plate and offered up a potpourri of opinions which I am happy to …read more