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Santa Barbara Wine Country, Part I: The Overview

“It’s just like in the movie.” You can’t escape the movie (Sideways) anywhere in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. It’s everywhere and on every visitor’s mind. The steady stream of tourists from California and far beyond [...]

New Year’s Eve 2014: A Time for Raclette!

New Year's Eve: a time for celebration and reflection. Did we accomplish everything we set out to this year? Did we mend the broken fences in our relationships? Did we set the bar a little (or [...]

Right Banks of the World: Compared to St Émilion

Right-Banks of the World: comparing Saint-Émilion vs other regions making similar styled blends. A bold idea I was told by colleagues, especially as we would be tasting the wines blind, but an educated palate would be able to [...]

Bordeaux in Three Minutes

What is Bordeaux? It's one of the largest and most famous wine regions in the world. More precisely, it's in southwest France on the Atlantic coast and extends inland along the Gironde river. Its also [...]

Perseus Wines, British Columbia VQA

A winemaker friend of mine told me recently: "Sending my wine to competition is roughly equivalent to the stress I might have faced, had I sent my children to beauty pageants."... Rob Ingram, owner Perseus Wines... [...]

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 [...]

2000 Bordeaux Tasting

The Wine Tasting Circle of Vancouver Vancouver in August can be a garden of riches; the surf rolling gently into Spanish Banks, the warm glow of fading sunlight bathing West Vancouver in the evening, and of [...]