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A Wine Story - 2009-07-19

Date: Sun, Jul 19, 2009 Wine Tasting

Okay, so you read the book A Year in Provence and are very excited to become a winemaker in the south of France. Yes, by all appearances it is a glamorous life. Gorgeous sunny weather, long leisurely lunches by the...

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Pairing Red Wine with Hamburgers

Date: Fri, Jul 17, 2009 Wine Tasting

“You can tell a lot about a person by the wine he or she drinks and collects,” said a friend recently. “People who collect fine Bordeaux are perceived as somewhat stuffy. They prefer to sip their wine at formal restaurants,...

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Pairing Wine With Steak

Date: Tue, Jul 14, 2009 Wine Tasting

Summertime ….and the grilling is easy. So what’s for dinner tonight? A thick, juicy steak? Most people think “steak” and automatically reach for a California Cabernet. And if a Cab is your go-to wine for steak, you are on the...

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Enjoying Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2009 Wine Tasting

For a moment, imagine yourself an invited guest at an exclusive dinner at a First Growth Chateau in the Medoc. It is mid-June, and everyone who is “anyone” in the wine world is in Bordeaux to attend VinExpo to make...

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Visiting Winery Cecchi - Castellina in Chianti

Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

... very excited to visit Winery Cecchi in Chianti tomorrow on a special study tour arranged by the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust! According to some pre-study of their web site, the winery started up in 1893 with the founder...

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Exploring Chateau La Lagune

Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

“If only people could imagine the riches!” says a wine connoisseur friend, standing in the gorgeous ballroom of the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. It is a sunny winter day, and celebrity wine writers have turned out to taste...

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Exploring Chateau Guiraud

Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

Didier Galhaud, tall, dark, and slim, meets me at Chateau Guiraud in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux, and escorts me around the First Grand Cru Classe wine property, known for the spectacular sweet wine called Sauternes. Grey mist swirls around...

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Exploring Chateau Tayac

Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

“Robert Parker spent an entire day here,” says the charming matriarch Annick Saturny, whose husband bought and created Château Tayac many decades ago. So far, this is the first Château I have visited that actually looks like the American ideal...

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Tasting Note: Quivira 2006 Zinfandel

Date: Sun, Jun 14, 2009 Wine Tasting

Enjoy a good California Zinfandel at your favorite steakhouse? Join the crowd. I love the Cal Zin varietal because it is so assertive and proud. Take a sip and you can almost see this plump little grape waiving the California...

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Pink and White: The Wines of Summer

Date: Sun, Jun 14, 2009 Wine Tasting

“I’m not your mother’s rose!” This was the mental flash I experienced tasting 2008 Quivira Grenache Rose from California’s Dry Creek Valley . This wine is a gorgeous baby pink color, with an aroma of fresh berries (raspberries, tiny tart...

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Pink and White: Wines of Summer

Date: Sun, Jun 14, 2009 Wine Tasting

“I’m not your mother’s rose!” This was the mental flash I experienced tasting 2008 Quivira Grenache Rose from California’s Dry Creek Valley . This wine is a gorgeous baby pink color, with an aroma of fresh berries (raspberries, tiny tart...

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Tasting Conn Creek Winery Hospitality

Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2009 Wine Tasting

Be honest – is it your dream to buy a vineyard in the Napa valley and make great wine? If you’ve visited the region, you already know it’s an ideal life. People – especially winemakers and winery owners – are...

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Napa Valley Wine Auction Kick Off & Taste Napa Valley 2009

Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2009 Wine Tasting

As a Gemini, I’ve spent many birthdays celebrating during the four days of festivities leading up to the Napa Valley wine auction, now in its 29th year. The official kick-off begins the first Thursday of June, which this year began...

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Review: The New Bardessono Hotel

Date: Fri, Jun 5, 2009 Wine Tasting

“I’m staying at this fabulous hotel,” I overhear a woman tell a Napa Valley local. “Yet I can’t pronounce the name.” “That’s okay,” the Napa-based friend replies. “I can’t pronounce it either. But I hear it is fabulous.” The hotel...

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