The Drinks Business magazine is reporting huge unsold stocks of Bordeaux from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages–the latter two decent, with 2010 exceptional according to most critics. Things are so dire, apparently, that the chairman of Justerini & Brooks, one of London’s top wine merchants, called the …read more
Debra interviews Marco Fantinel of Fantinel, a top producer in Italy’s Friuli region established in 1969. Marco gives an overview of the region, and discusses why the small percentage of whites they produce are a major contributor to Italy’s quality white wines, and why their whites have so much flavour. …read more
Domaine Schoenheitz One of the fantastic things about living in Portland, especially for wine lovers are all the excellent choices we have for wines. Not just the ones produced here, also the thousands of other choices we have on our retailer’s shelves from all over the world. These were …read more
California wine isn’t my thing.
But I have to admit that I was geeked to attend the In Pursuit of Balance tasting yesterday in Houston — the first time the event was held outside San Francisco or New York.
There were a number of iconic wineries there that I had never taste …read more
Editor’s note: With the March being recognized for stories about inspiring women (also known as Women’s History Month in the USA), we thought it would be fitting to honor the only female master blender existing today, Ana Rosas, of the renowned Ramos-Pinto port house. A woman that oozes with, …read more
In like a frozen lion, out like a lamb paired with well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, March is behind us. Er… wait a second… it’s still cold here. Ok, whatever…
Here’s a roundup of some of the items in which I’ve had a hand in penning during the month:
There were two items …read more
With all due respect to Robert Sinskey, whose wines I always admired, I think he struck the wrong tone in his recent opinion piece, which was published in Eater.
His basic premise—that the era of the mega-critic is over, along with the 100-point rating system—is widely held, and …read more
Champagnes seem to have been getting drier in recent years. What’s driving the trend? I put the question of declining Champagne dosage levels to Peter Wasserman today. Wasserman, along with his mother Becky, exports several grower champagnes including Godmé Pere et fils, José D’hondt, Camille Savès, and Vazart-Coquart.
Wasserman …read more
I’ll give you a hint at which Santa Rosa restaurateur is taking over the food operations at Heritage Public House (1901 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa): His chicken wings are second to none and his burger is hands-down, my favorite in Sonoma County.
You guessed it (or maybe you didn’t); Josh Silvers …read more
With new tours, activities and premium spaces the vineyards belonging to the “Ruta del Vino” of Casablanca invite you to share the passion for wine, gastronomy and the many open air activities we offer.
The stars came out for the In Pursuit of Balance preview dinner last night at Paulie’s, one of Houston’s most popular casual restaurants and the other half of its favorite wine bar, Camerata.
Above, from left, that’s winemaker Sashi Moorman, winemaker Pax Mahle, Houston energy exec (and investor in Sashi and …read more
James Melendez (James the Wine Guy), Ward Kadel (Vinopanion) and me
I was invited by MGW Group, a new group of the top-of-the-line wineries from different appellations or denomination of origin (DOs) in Spain, to attend a U.S. wine bloggers trip to visit three wine regions – Alicante; Bullas and Bierzo …read more