Home For December, 2013

Somm Q & A: Matthew Kaner of Bar Covell, LA

No wine list? No roster of the usual varietals greatest hits and a handsome vintage collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy? How is this possible? It sounds like one of those omakase sushi restaurants with a sign [...]

Anciano Tempranillo, Valdepenas, Spain

http://www.ancianowine.com/   Valdepenas, Spain; known to locals as the Val-de-penas or “The Valley of Rocks”. The imagery isn’t particularly hospitable. But then, this region has never been gentle… to people or to vines. Surrounded by the better known, and [...]

Schug Winery; 1996 Heritage Reserve Cab

http://www.schugwinery.com/ In 1976 California was celebrating victory at “The Judgement of Paris”.  Their wines took first place not only for white wine, but also for red in a blind tasting; paneled by some of the greatest [...]

BC Syrah compared: #WineTastingCircle Vancouver

A friend and winemaker called me a few weeks ago and asked if I would try his unreleased 2011 Syrah (from BC) and let him know my thoughts. I have to say, it’s a good job that affords [...]