#MerlotMe all month long

#MerlotMe The month long celebration begins today It’s been 10 years since the movie Sideways hit theaters and forever changed our perception of Merlot. Since then, winemakers have raised their game and raised the quality level of Merlot with better clones, better farming and better winemaking. It’s time for us …read more

2014 Pinot on the River Tasting: October 26, Healdsburg


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

Women Smelling a Glass of Red Wine by Wine Folly

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