Home For September, 2014

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part I: The Story

Upon hearing Saxum Vineyards would be my next and concluding stop of the day in Paso Robles, my host at the preceding winery, who had lived in the area for their entire life, echoed the same [...]

Vinoble Renaissance: Celebrating Fortified, Sweet & Dessert Wines

Vinoble, the biennial wine fair devoted to fortified, sweet, dessert and other special wines that takes place in Jerez de la Frontera, the capital of Sherry, was successfully reborn in 2014 after a four-year hiatus. Table [...]

Simply Sensational Summerhill Sparkling Blanc de Noirs

Champagne: beverage of the ultra-elite, the glittering nectar that deities of real estate and rap music use to wash away their troubles. Most highly regarded region for the production of said effervescent treat. For now. [...]

Sommelier Training @ The Intl. Culinary Center, CA

In the International Culinary Center in Campbell, California’s (near San Jose) Intensive Sommelier Training course, you taste wine blind as a warm up. No, this isn’t just tasting wine casually as if you’re cruising Napa in [...]

Trump Winery Shows Off Quality in Virginia

Imagine my surprise when Donald Trump’s son sends me a half case of wine. No – not the start of a joke, a true story… On the other side of the continent there’s a 30-something fellow [...]