• 1989 with Luca Currado

    Well it's been a year since I last had dinner in New York with Luca Currado. A year ago I really raided my cellar and pulled an almost complete vertical of...


  • Tempranillo - Back to the Basics

    After last week’s lopsided report on Tempranillo I though we needed to refocus ourselves on some of the great regions in Spain that have made Tempranillo...


  • The many faces of Tempranillo

    Have you ever noticed how much of California looks and feels a lot more like Spain, as opposed to say, Burgundy or Bordeaux? They both tend to be dry, hot,...


  • Symphony with Horns

    Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $3.9 million grant to develop a mechanical sprayer. The chemicals used in vineyards have become so...


  • Wine Writing

    It's Tuesday, the night before my blog is to be posted. And although there is always scintillating things to talk about regarding the wine world, I have to...


  • The Proliferation of Pinot

    The proliferation of Pinot Noir along the West Coast has created a lot of confusion as the fruit of vineyards, young and old, are used to make myriad styles...


  • Busiest time of the year for a wine consumer

    As it turns outs the busiest time for a wine consumer like me is not around the holidays or any other special event.  The busiest time of year is during the...


  • Really Old Madeira

    I have a thing for Madeira. I've never bought a bottle, but I have been lucky enough to taste some pretty cool stuff and each time I'm blown away by the...


  • Sangiovese is a beautiful thing

    At its best it produces wine with a brightness that belies its aggressive acidity and slightly astringent tannins. In that regard it is much like the spring,...


  • Three Wines for Valentine's Day

    Memories are made of this; lazy evenings watching the sunset or the fireplace roar, the gentle touch of a hand, the warmth of your lover's breath on your...


  • Wine is recession proof

    Its been a busy month for wine industry research reports and forecasts. Yesterday Vinexpo, in conjunction with the IWSR, released their 12th Global Study on...


  • Ermitage

    I spent the last week in the French countryside for work – the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone.  The wine countryside(s).  I was there to...


  • Goodbye Syrah, Hello Sangiovese

    While Snooth's Syrah GTi concluded this past weekend and Sangiovese is off to a great start, I would be remiss if I didn't add a little follow up to last...


  • Dinner with a wine maker

    I admit it; I love to go out for dinner.  I love it even more someone else pays.  So when it came time for the annual Loxton Cellars winery dinner, I made...


  • Syrah PTP

    In coordination with Snooth's Global Tasting initiative I scheduled our Panel Tasting Program blind event this past week as a focus on Syrah, California...


  • Smashing Syrah from Around the World

    Part of the adventure embodied in Snooth’s Global Tasting Initiative is discovering new producers or new wines that may have otherwise dropped below your...


  • The WSET Diploma Mise-en-scène

    As I mentioned in my previous post, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is a British non-profit offering wine education courses available throughout...


  • Higher Wine Education in America

    As wine's popularity continues to increase in the United States at a torrid pace, new wine magazines, wine blogs and even wine podcasts are popping up nearly...


  • Vintage Reports

    It's the middle of January and Napa Valley is unseasonably warm (back-to-back 80 and 82 degree days this week) and dry.  Winter, which promises wet weather...


  • The 2007 German wines are in the news and they're going fast!

    Word is that the incredibly long growing season, a result of early flowering and an even, cool growing season have yielded a great crop of wines. Well my...


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