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Valentine’s Day Menu: Spoil the One You Love

There is nothing as powerful as sharing yourself; your time, your energy and your passion with the one you love. To me very little can encapsulate this idea as readily as cooking a meal and, yet, [...]

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 [...]

12 Most Noteworthy Sherries at Sherryfest West

The Sherryfest West 2014 Grand Tasting held recently in San Francisco included 21 bodegas pouring their Sherries, complimented by assorted seminars and pairing dinners. So it was not trivial to sift through all the sugary Pedro [...]

Sherryfest West Brings Jerez to San Francisco

It sure seemed a lot like Jerez last week in San Francisco. That’s not because afternoon high temperatures soared into the 80’s (unheard of in the city where July temperatures barely reach 60 degrees). But, because [...]

An Ode To The Humble Pot Roast

The lowliest cut of beef turned into the most succulent comfort food. I mean, what says comfort more than pot-roast? Immediately thoughts turn to Sunday evening meals; family is near, there’s good conversation amidst the bickering [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]