The rolling hills of Carneros, blanketed by happy vines
The Carneros AVA lies at the southern end of both Napa and Sonoma counties, straddling their mutual border. San Pablo Bay, just south of the AVA, strongly moderates temperatures in the AVA..
Troon Vineyard Zinfandel in the sunny Applegate Valley
To the best of my knowledge, Troon Vineyard was the first commercial vineyard in Southern Oregon, planted in 1972. Viticulture was very new to Oregon in general at that time. Early growers ..
The vineyard of scenic Riverbench in the Santa Maria Valley AVA.
Riverbench is a Santa Maria, CA winery focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. The wines have been steadily improving under winemaker Clarissa Nagy who joined the wi..
What wine goes with Captain Crunch?George Carlin
Giant Steps Winery of Yarra Valley, Australia
The 2014 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard is a remarkable wine. It offers constant, delightful points of tension. It is amply fruited, yet savory. The palate is rich, but juicy. It is 100% ..
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..
A typical tasting setup for writers at a winery
A wine critic has decided whether or not to taste blind and has selected glassware. How many wines will she taste in a day?
I frequently hear people suggest wine critics’ judgement is impaired ..
Riedel Riesling Grand Cru wine glasses are the Swiss Army knife of stemware
Stemware companies will tell you wine glasses can make a big difference in how wine smells and tastes. They’re right.
The shape, thickness and micro texture of a win..
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..