People are rosé crazy right now. Sales have been brisk for some time but, with the heat over the past few months, bottles are flying off shelves. And it doesn’t hurt that rosé wines also play into two other, popular trends: less new oak and lower a..
Visiting an industrial winery is an eye-opening experience. The scale is awesome, stunning really. The process and equipment are totally different from those at wineries to which most people are accustomed.
With massive production volumes come m..
This is just a pretty picture of grapes, because pictures of carbonic maceration are hard to find…
Carbonic maceration sounds kinky, but it’s totally G-rated. Except that it yields alcohol. So you can talk to kids about it, but they don’t get..
A view from Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands
Commercial wine grape cultivation started in the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) during the early 1970’s. It was granted AVA status in 1991. Today, there are 50 vineyards and 6,200 acres unde..
Hanzell Pinot Noir is a particularly well-aging wine relative to other California Pinots.
Drinking well-aged wines can be a fabulous experience. But not every wine ages well. Whether you are stocking a wine cellar for aging wine or just shoppin..
Despite being odorless and tasteless, body is an important character in wine. It adds to, or detracts from, our pleasure in drinking. In blind tastings, body provides a clue as to varietal and regional origin. It is a key factor in wine and foo..
Packing bottles into a Wine Check bag
Honestly, shipping wine is a pain.
The laws regarding shipping wine are complex and vary substantially from one state to another. This is due to the fact that, at the end of Prohibition, the federal gove..
People ask me about wine pairing all the time. It’s lot of fun to discuss and experiment with. But it can also be needlessly complicated and frustrating.
This article provides easy-to-follow guidelines for successful wine pairing. It’s not a..
All you really need when serving wine is a glass, an opener, and a smile. Sometimes you don’t even need the opener, but “don’t try that at home.” However, there are a few niceties and gadgets which make the ceremony of serving wine a bit more speci..
Visiting wineries is fun. Whether you are on your own, with friends, or part of a larger group, you will always remember the look and feel of your favorite wineries. And you will meet a lot of great people.
Visiting most wineries isn’t difficult..