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A new Poboleda villager, Brots Restaurant

Photo by Vinologue

Despite being awash in world class wines from both DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant, it’s no secret that the Priorat comarca in which both of these wine regions reside does not have a great wealth of top-end restaurants. Trust me, we searched out and ate at everything there is …read more

Vinography Images: Swift Work

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Swift Work
A worker moves quickly through a vineyard during harvest in Sonoma County. Vineyards throughout the state are full of workers at the moment, who are bringing in the 2014 vintage.

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Craggy Range and the Rock Star Vintage

Last month, I was privileged to get a sneak peak at New Zealand’s Craggy Range 2013 vintage wines, including two from the exciting Gimblett Gravels region near Hawkes Bay. According to Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range’s Wine and Viticulture Director, ‘it was the vintage of a generation.’ Just …read more

Are You a Wine Snob or Wine Awesome? (Quiz)

Wine Snob Quiz

Wine is a lot like art, literature and music, in that the more you know about it, the more you appreciate it. However, learning can be tricky because it’s hard to figure out how to get started. What’s worse is that the path of entry is guarded by …read more

Friday Feature Photo: Correfoc, La Mercé, Spain

Carrefoc, La Merce, Barcelona

Photographer: Jordi Cohen

Capture Date: Setember 2007

Location: Via Laietana, Barelona, Spain

About: This was the second time the photographer took pictures at the “correfoc”, having learned a few tricks from last year’s challenges. Cruising Via Laietana, he saw a group of devils light their torches using the fire expelled from …read more

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Food Awards 2014

Emily Nagan of Desserts by Emily and Tracy Mattson of Cookie...Take a Bite! were winners at the Harvest Fair food competition. (Photo: Christopher Chung)

Emily Nagan of Desserts by Emily and Tracy Mattson of Cookie…Take a Bite! were winners at the Harvest Fair food competition. (Photo: Christopher Chung)

When the Sonoma County Harvest Fair rolls around each October, there’s plenty of well-deserved back-patting among the local wine community for the myriad double gold, gold and …read more

Here comes the Apple’s wine i-Tasting app!

Tim Cook‘s announcement on Tuesday of Apple’s new iTaste © app is exciting, and certainly represents a great leap forward in technology, but I wonder if it will really replace traditional human wine tasters.

As you’ve probably heard, the app, which runs on the new Apple Watch, is easy enough …read more

Texas Turd-Floater in Passopisciaro #Etna

2014 has been a crazy year for weather patterns. There seems to be controversy brewing over the quality of the 2014 vintage in Italy. It’s too early to tell, but there are some things that have been happening that are not advantageous to the growers in Italy. One is …read more

Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at Rodney Strong Vineyards

Chef Duskie Estes and John Stewart will be among the chefs cooking at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner on Sept. 20, 2014

Chef Duskie Estes and John Stewart will be among the chefs cooking at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner on Sept. 20, 2014

Hold onto your forks, folks, this is a biggie. On Saturday, September 20th, Healdsburg’s Rodney Strong Vineyards hosts a four-city, 20 chef dinner to celebrate 25 …read more

Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye

Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the …read more

Underrated Spain: Meseta Central Wine Region

Wines of Central Spain

In the land of Don Quixote, wine plays a very important role both economically and culturally. The Meseta Central, a.k.a. Central Plateau, produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. It’s also home to over a dozen top wine Spanish bodegas (wineries).

Super Value! If you …read more

Tales from the AVA front

“Democracy,” Winston Churchill told the House of Commons in 1947, “is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Churchill might still have been sour toward democratic forms of government, given the fact that, two years previously, he had …read more