Niner Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Review: 2013 Niner Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California Niner Wine Estates farms from three separate locations—Bootjack Ranch (on the eastern side of Paso), Heart Hill Vineyard (on the western side of Paso), and Jespersen Vineyard (in Edna Valley to the south). The 2013 Niner …read more

Our Selfies, Our Wines

Can a wine cellar full of 90+ point wines make your life more meaningful? Will a 30+ year vertical tasting of an iconic wine make you happier? Can any wine make one’s life better? If you believe what you read and see on the eno-blogosphere, you might think that your …read more

Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey


In the pantheon of global wine regions, Portugal doesn’t rank among the most storied, at least as far as the average wine lover is concerned. Most wine drinkers have heard of, if not tasted Port, the dark, rich dessert wine named after the town at the mouth of the Douro …read more

Vinography Images: Rain at Last


Rain at Last
A double rainbow frames Sonoma county vineyards. Northern California finally got a good rainstorm this week. We still desperately need more, but it was a good start.

Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select the desired …read more

Meet Roy Welland who is selling $15 million of wine

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Roy Welland is a big-time collector. It’s well known that his collection served as the core of the restaurant CRU, which he owned. But it’s not well known that his collection also helped out Alinea when they first opened.

That’s one of the many interesting tidbits I learned when I …read more

Wine and Cheese Pairing Ideas


We have fondue, triple cream, and stinky blues lined up for your next glass of wine. Check out these modern variations on classic wine and cheese pairings. Then dig into the details below for specific wine and cheese recommendations.

Tip: Remember to consider the texture of the cheese when creating …read more

Cornerstone Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2011 Cornerstone Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon The team at Cornerstone delivered in a big way on this wine, especially since so many critics claimed, “look past the 2011 vintage.” As I have always stated, inevitably, talented vintners that work with fruit grown in superb conditions …read more


Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
is Ireland’s largest buyer of its milk. It’s a mix of whisky and cream or
something along those milky lines.

I presume this had something to do with
Betta Milk Co-operative Ltd., set up by Tasmanian dairy farmers in 1956, eventually
deciding to set up a subsidiary, Whisky Tasmania Pty Ltd, …read more

On my way to Burgundy via Boulder

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Above: yep, I’ll be hanging with Robert Bohr and Raj Parr this weekend, drinking ridiculous Burgundy and munching on pizza at Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Patterson’s Pizzeria Locale in Boulder this weekend.

It’s a tough job but someone has to do it… tomorrow I’ll be heading to Boulder, Colorado …read more

The price and growth of vineyards in Spain


We’ve reached that point of the year where ESYRCE (the tip of the tongue acronym for “Encuesta sobre Superficies y Rendimientos Cultivos”) is releasing their official figures for 2014.

In brief, everything is more or less the same from 2013. The Canary Islands and Basque Country have the most …read more