Home For March, 2014

Wente “The Nth Degree” Cab Sauv 2004

An impressive wine; immediately upon opening the bottle aromas pour forth: fine tobacco, dark chocolate, pencil lead, darkening blackberries and raspberries, a warm savory herbaceousness. Truly World-Class bouquet by any standards, and the nose is followed by an [...]

Vineyards to Table: Pairings and the Bestia Experience

It’s 9:25 pm on a February Tuesday night. Snow could be falling, crowds hibernating in the warmth of home, and the weekend still too far away to even consider. And then the one remaining table, a [...]

Cristalino Cava, Garcia Carrion wines, Spain

www.GarciaCarrion.es What can I, peasant that I am, say about a company that has won the prestigious award for Best Winery of Spain not once, but twice in a row? A winery that has been growing, developing, [...]

Vino247 Profile: Maxwell Leer of Bestia, LA

The first image that emerged in my mind when wine director Maxwell Leer presented me with the wine list during a recent dinner at Bestia in Los Angeles was the map. This wasn’t a grand map [...]

2014 Vancouver Intl Wine Fest: Consumer Tasting

http://www.playhousewinefest.com/Over 20,000 people came to the Vancouver Convention Center last week for the 2014 @VanWineFest; the expected crowd of doctors and lawyers but also mechanics, secretaries and firefighters... for too long I've heard the r... [...]

De Tierra & Todd’s: Monterey Meets Vegas

Most Sunday nights, Todd’s Unique Dining in the eastern Las Vegas suburb of Henderson is dark and the only dining options nearby are even dimmer with the likes of Joe’s Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, [...]

2014 Vancouver Intl Wine Festival: Trade Tasting

There's a reason why the viticulture Illuminati descend on Vancouver at the end of February each and every year: pantheons whose names are carved on the modern history of wine. Mondavi, Antinori, Chapoutier, Perrin, Tattinger... the [...]