Sunrise, Sunset

How wonderful this world of wine can be, if only in our mind’s eye. Earlier this month I was leaving wine country in California, heading back to the airport. It was early morning, the dew on the vines twinkled light Christmas lights. There was a dense but beautiful fog that …read more

Celler Comalats


When it comes to wine regions in Catalonia, DO Costers del Segre doesn’t get a lot of love. Spread out over various chunks in the most remote province of the region (and the only one without a coastline) it is often ignored. This sounded like a good …read more

Kickin’ it with Kitchit!

How is it possible that there are only 4 days left until Christmas? For those of you celebrating other holidays around this time of year, like Festivus, or the 8 days of Chanukah, or any other celebration – you are, no doubt, in the thick of things.
This time of …read more

Vinography Images: The Chaos of Crush


The Chaos of Crush
A load of grapes enters a crusher destemmer in the midst of harvest in Sonoma County.

Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users …read more

Friday Feature Photo: Picos de Europa, Spain

picos de europa

Photographer: Slawek Staszczuk

Capture Date: October 2012

Location: Posada De Valdeon, Castille y Leon, Spain

About: The morning after the challenging climb from Cordiñanes to Collado Jermoso. Definitely better viewed in the lightbox (“L”). Panorama stitched from 5 horizontal frames at 37mm with some hard-edged ND grad (probably 0.6).

Desktop Wallpaper: To download …read more

Paolo E Noemia D’Amico Falesia

Wine Review: 2011 Paolo E Noemia D’Amico Falesia Chardonnay, Lazio, Italy The winery harvested the grapes from 30 year old vines at a vineyard located between Rome and Florence, overlooking Umbria, in the gentile climate of Central Italy. From a flavor profile, it is a Chardonnay that produces an …read more

Zinfandel poised for growth

Some wine varieties in California are permanently popular with the population. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, for example. In now, in last year, and they’ll be in next year.

Then there are varieties that seem to come and go in cycles, and of them none more so than Zinfandel. It’s had …read more

Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 13, 2014


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 included a lovely Syrah from the peripatetic Randall Grahm, another in a …read more

2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 16% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot
Region: Napa Valley, CA – USA
Cost: $50 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Note: Lush and smooth with a deep ruby red color and aromas of black cherry, red plum, and sandalwood that lift out of the glass. The wine …read more