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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 [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part II: The Wineries

Continuing with Part II of our Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles series, The Wineries: Outside of Saxum and Tablas Creek, few Paso Robles’ wineries will be commonly known among wine circles. It’s still a region of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

When Good Becomes Grand: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

They said that the category had got diluted, that “Chianti Classico Riserva” as a quality indicator had lost its oomph, its integrity. They said this and we said “Ok, right” and they said “We’ll show you” [...]

Burgundy in Six Minutes

What is Burgundy? Probably the most complicated wine region in the world, and surely one of the most famous and highly regarded. Oh, and did I mention one of the most expensive, even at the low [...]

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 [...]