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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Secrets of Sherry Food Pairing

Now that summer has arrived and the temperatures have risen well into the 90´s in many parts of the country, there is no better time to enjoy a glass of well chilled pale dry Sherry. It’s [...]

1982 Bordeaux, Judgement of NYC

One of my favorite vintage taste offs was a blind tasting of the now legendary 1982 Bordeaux reds. The tasting harkened back to the seminal “Judgement of Paris” blind tasting of 1976 in which California wines [...]

Brilliant Dining at L’Escaleta Near Alicante, Spain

One of the highlights of my trips to Spain in the last couple years was the discovery of L’Escaleta, nestled in a mountain valley setting in the small town of Cocentaina in the province of Valencia. [...]