In Pursuit of Balance held their final tasting on November 14 in San Francisco. It was one of the best tastings I’ve attended this year. It would have been among the best in most any year. My notes on some of the wines are below.
Before I get to..
Rudy Kurniawan was sentenced to 10 years in prison on August 7, 2014 after a long investigation and short, high-profile, trial. He was convicted of fraud, having created thousands of counterfeit versions of rare, old wines which he then sold for ve..
Spring Mountain wines come in all shapes and sizes. The Spring Mountain District AVA, located just west of downtown St. Helena comes with a variety of facings and altitudes. There is a variety of attitudes too; some wineries go for bold and ripe, o..
This week, many Americans will be stuffing turkeys. Of course some of those turkeys prefer to be called “relatives” or “college friends.” Either way, the broad assortment of foods and guests on Thursday will make for an interesting day.
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..
The Coastview Vineyard which was featured by several wineries at the Califermentation tasting.
So many things we enjoy, even love, are polarizing. Take baseball. Some people love the Yankees, or the Dodgers. Other folks love to hate both. And a..
We’re heading into the holiday season, which also means we’re heading into the season of wine-pairing-with-holiday-meal articles. Some of them aren’t very original, but many are helpful. And, with all the stress and hustle-bustle holidays bring, it..
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..
Where else would you hold a New Mission Winemakers tasting than in a nice, SOMA garage?
New Mission Winemakers “is a loosely affiliated group of Bay Area craftspeople who operate outside of natural wine dogma, pursue many things in addition to ..
Do wine critics display a red wine bias? In a pair of recent articles, Wine Curmudgeon argues that they do and encourages you to agree. He published data analysis he and a colleague did which, he says, supports this conclusion. I have a number of i..