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Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part I: The Story

Upon hearing Saxum Vineyards would be my next and concluding stop of the day in Paso Robles, my host at the preceding winery, who had lived in the area for their entire life, echoed the same [...]

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 [...]

Profile: Taylor Parsons of République in LA

When asked recently by the Los Angeles sommelier Taylor Parsons “What style of wine do you enjoy?”, my mind went blank. That’s not because of a lack of wine experience on my part or the type [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Somm Q&A: Eric Larkee of Michael’s Genuine, Miami

What wine would you pair with frog legs, capers, and a brioche crouton, a gorgeous platter of Florida’s winter finest heirloom tomatoes and homemade stracciatella, a pizza with tender short rib meat, cave aged gruyere, caramelized [...]

Wente “The Nth Degree” Cab Sauv 2004

An impressive wine; immediately upon opening the bottle aromas pour forth: fine tobacco, dark chocolate, pencil lead, darkening blackberries and raspberries, a warm savory herbaceousness. Truly World-Class bouquet by any standards, and the nose is followed by an [...]

Vino247 Profile: Maxwell Leer of Bestia, LA

The first image that emerged in my mind when wine director Maxwell Leer presented me with the wine list during a recent dinner at Bestia in Los Angeles was the map. This wasn’t a grand map [...]

De Tierra & Todd’s: Monterey Meets Vegas

Most Sunday nights, Todd’s Unique Dining in the eastern Las Vegas suburb of Henderson is dark and the only dining options nearby are even dimmer with the likes of Joe’s Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, [...]

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 [...]