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Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part II: The Wines

While there are memorable sparklers and Alsace varietal bottlings, Anderson Valley is Pinot Noir territory. The typical Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is more savory and tightly wound, rather than fruity and grand like Oregon or distinctly [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part I: The Story

The Anderson Valley is its own world really, self-sustaining, and heavily agricultural. Only recently have the apples been displaced by wine grapes as the prominent crop, making this region home to some of the most coveted [...]

On Finding Wine in Beijing, Shanghai, HK and Singapore

Wine certainly wasn’t the driving force of my trip this past summer to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Food? Yes, definitely a big part with visions of laksa, won ton noodle soup, and Shaanxi [...]

Underground Cellar $10,000 Winecation Giveaway

Yes, that’s right, a $10,000 USD trip for four to Sonoma wine country and they’re giving it away THIS MONTH *(April) to some lucky s.o.b in the States~! You have to get your name in this [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pinot Noir Shines at Anderson Valley Festival

Longtime Pinot Noir lover William “Rusty” Gaffney, M.D., aka The Prince of Pinot, continues his outstanding coverage of the varietal with three pieces on Anderson Valley AVA Pinot Noir. He provides his usual insightful reviews, including [...]

Elite 2010 Napa Cabernets Previewed

Esteemed California wine blogger Alder Yarrow attended the 2012 Premiere Napa Valley auction where 2010 Napa Valley wines were previewed and the Napa Valley Vintners Association raised a total of $3.1 million, up 31% from 2011. [...]