Vinography Unboxed: Week of January 18, 2015


Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.

This week’s samples included a most unusual trio of rosés. Now I’m generally not a …read more

In Conversation with the Intrepid Wino

In the era of social media, we often get to know people long before we meet them in person. Anyone highly active on Twitter, for instance, likely has dozens or even hundreds of people that they have gradually gotten to know in little 140 character chunks, sometimes over years.

That’s the …read more

Vinography Images: The Stuff of Life


The Stuff of Life
Water drips from a healthy grape leaf after a wet night in Sonoma County. While early season rains gave farmers some hope for a wet winter, rainfall remains disastrously low throughout drought-stricken California.

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

Hell On Wheels Et Al.

My wife and I started watching Hell on Wheels when it first aired starting with episode #1. We were in the midst of also watching Sons of Anarchy, Dexter and Mad Men when we go into it. We told all our friends about it telling them they HAD to watch …read more

Friday Feature Photo: Centuries-Old Quinta do Noval

Old Quinta do Noval bottles

Photographer: Gabriella Opaz

Capture Date: February 15, 2011

Location: Porto, Portugal

About: There are old bottles, and there are bottles that stay etched in your memory forever. Century old bottles of Quinta do Noval collect layers of dust, waiting for that one singular moment when they can sing their story.

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Lula Cellars Gewurztraminer

Wine Review: 2013 Lula Cellars Gewurztraminer, Mendocino, California I tend to have a soft spot in my heart for cool climate Gewurztraminer if they are dry with a good amount of spice. That specific style of Gewurztraminer is a versatile tool in any serious culinarians repertoire; especially if any spicy …read more

Cleansing the Body Portuguese Style with Pork!

Portuguese Pork Burger - Diet

Each New Year starts with well-intentioned resolutions, many of which involve cleansing your body of all the goodies you gorged on during the holidays. But resolutions are as quickly broken as they are promised—especially if there isn’t a solid plan in place. For foodies, the biggest challenge has to be …read more

New Wine Movie Wants You to Drool

Marie Courtin instinctively reaches for her Aube Champagne as it begins to tumble off a post

Who can forget “Sideways,” over the last decade since it came out Pinot Noir plantings have grown by an area fifty times the size Central Park! Also, most of us have now seen “Somm” on Netflix, but many of us are still scratching our heads pondering the fundamental question: …read more

What’s Happening at #PDXNOW #BEER

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 15, 2015 — Travel Portland, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, is partnering with Base Camp Brewing Company to introduce a series of limited-availability #PDXNOW beers as part of the organization’s larger “Portland is Happening Now” winter tourism campaign. In a …read more

Ben’s Blush: Epoch Estate Wines

After being gone for a whole week, it was nice to be home. Ben was very excited to see me, and his mom was very happy to not have 100% of his attention solely directed at her! It was a beautiful week in Colorado; we even had a happy hour/picnic …read more