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Bordeaux 2014, Something for Everyone

After warming up at my first-ever industry tasting of Brunello the week before, I was anxious to see how an industry tasting of Bordeaux would compare as the Italians and French have distinct wine personalities. [...]

Speed-Dating Brunello, An Industry Tasting

“Benvenuto Brunello” translates to “Welcome Brunello,” an aptly named event for a first-time industry tasting Brunello-novice like myself. [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part III: Wines 2

Concluding our series on Santa Barbara County Wines with Part III: Santa Ynez and Buellton Wines Carr Winery Carr Winery makes its wines in Santa Barbara and has a tasting room at that urban location and [...]

When Bulgarian Wine Pairs with Lunch in NYC

There was a time when Bulgarian wine was known in the States, or at least known about. In 1986, specifically, the Chicago Tribune, in an article by Kristine N. Curry, called Bulgaria’s wines “top-notch”. Then the [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part II: Wines

We continue with Part II in our series on Santa Barbara County wines. It’s a sign of maturity for a wine region to really carve out its personality based on a diverse spectrum of terroir, rather [...]

2015 Vancouver Intl. Wine Festival

I never had as much fun at a wine tasting as I did this year at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival. It seems redundant to say so though: how could you not have fun at [...]

Serafino Wines, McLaren Vale @ 2015 VIWF

The Vancouver International Wine Festival attracts some of the brightest minds in the world of wine and wine-making every year; 2015 being a shining example. I was privileged to have some time to sit with Maria Maglieri, [...]

IPOB: Bringing Balance to California Wine

In the wine world one of the buzzwords of recent years has been “balance.” Balance of acidity, of grape ripeness, of alcohol levels, of flavor profiles. The non-profit organization In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) takes the [...]

The Artistry Behind NakedWines.com

When the good people at NakedWines.com asked me to endorse their efforts, I responded as honestly as I could: “Folks: I’ve never heard of most of your winemakers and I’ve never tasted any of these wines. I can’t endorse [...]

Livermore Valley Wine Enters The Spotlight

When you ask San Francisco Bay Area residents about Livermore, you’ll get two responses frequently: it’s hot and there are windmills. Except in Livermore those famous windmills are really the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. Although somewhat [...]