Archive for the ‘Consider This Wine’ Category

Mar 6, 2013

The Case of the Old Friend

It’s unlikely that many of us have a lot of old friends. Those people you’ve come to rely on as a confidant, who know you and your peculiars, who you have witnessed changing over time as their personalities and lives are altered. It is a privilege to have such a person in your life. You learn quite a bit about how time makes its impact when you sample the same person over the years. The things that recommend we take…

Jan 15, 2013

The Greatest American Wine Fest

After 22 years, the Zinfandel Festival produced by Zinfandel Advocates and Produces (ZAP) remains the most meaningful public wine tasting and most important gathering of wine producers in America. The Zinfandel Festival is the annual opportunity to taste the full depth and breadth of America’s only truly original contribution to fine wine. Furthermore, the Zinfandel bottlings at the Zin Fest derive from every corner of California, and even beyond. It remains, after 22 years a remarkable opportunity for the true…

Nov 28, 2012

The Manual For Giving Wine As a Gift

It is the holidays and gift giving is in the air. One question for those living a wine-minded life is how best to give wine as a gift? After all, we wine lovers to like to pass on our obsession, either in writing, in talk or in gift. Off the bat, let’s agree that a good and proper gift is one that at least demonstrates the giver has thought about the recipient and their nature. This is a low bar…

Oct 23, 2012

The Top 10 Natural Wines

With Natural Wine now the hottest category in the wine industry I thought it time to offer my top 10 list. What’s remarkable is just how many folks are drinking Natural Wine these days. The Natural Wines that make my top 10 list are delicious examples of what can be done when winemakers around the world dedicate themselves to using natural grapes to produce wine. THE TOP TEN NATURAL WINES Sutter Home White Zinfandel—California Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir—Vin de Pays…

Oct 16, 2012

The Great Debate: Seasonal Beauty in Wine Country

It’s the burning question that divides Wine Country locals, visitors, and artists: During which season of the year is Wine Country most beautiful? The deliberations, debates and fisticuffs that have resulted from this question are innumerable. And this is so for the simple reason that each season—Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter—brings with it a special and truly unique palate of colors and array of textures. I bring this burning question up today as we are now, in the Northern Hemisphere…