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Sommelier Q&A: Germain Michel of Amélie, SF

The Polk Street corridor of San Francisco stretches from the edges of the rougher Tenderloin District to the bottom of Russian Hill, one of the city’s more elite residential neighborhoods. Somehow Polk Street connecting the two [...]

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... [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Somm Q & A: Guillaume Issaverdens of Bouche

No, Rosé isn’t the only type of wine they drink in Provence as much as those lifestyle magazines want you to think they do. Guillaume Issaverdens—originally from the small town of Le Lavandou—and his fellow Provençal [...]

Cave Hopping In Hungary: A Visit With Szöllősi Pincészet In Neszmély

Mihály Szöllősi had always considered wine as a hobby. Born in the plain city of Mezőtúr, Szolnok County, in 1949, he started out his professional life with training as a horticultural engineer, working in production control [...]

Sommelier Q & A: Mary Christie of Bar Tartine SF

Bar Tartine is truly a never before seen, glorious mix of all sorts of culinary influences that really represents the heart of San Francisco’s un-paralleled passion for food, wine, and diversity. The restaurant covers so many [...]

Very Sad News in the Wine World Today

We are very sad to report that Alexandra Sisseck, daughter of famed proprietor and winemaker Peter Sisseck of Dominio de Pingus in Ribera del Duero, Spain, has passed away in Copenhagen. Only 20 years old and [...]

Sophisticated & Delicious Invention @ Akelaŕe

My second night in San Sebastián Donostia was Thursday at Chef Pedro Subijana’s Akelaŕe, one of only seven restaurants in Spain currently receiving the top rating of 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. Amazingly, three of [...]

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 [...]