Archive for the ‘Consider This Wine’ Category

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…

Aug 3, 2012

The Return of Great Wine Content

Great wine content doesn't die. It just gets re-platformed. This is the case with much of the important reference content on  AppellationAmerica.com. Today, the recently launched Appellation America App (for the iPhone), provides mobile users with one of the best sources of appellation and grape variety descriptons in one place. For those of you who do not recall the Appellation America website, it was among the most impressive online wine publishing ventures I'd ever conceived. I really got to know…

Jul 30, 2012

A Public Service Announcement for Wine & Food Lovers

There are a number of good things about summer. The days are longer and warmer. My SF Giants are playing almost every day. Golfing in the early morning is delightful. But the best thing about summer, in my view, is the arrival of sweet, delicious backyard tomatoes along with a profusion of Rose wine from around the world. With these two wonderful summer arrivals, you have the staples for what I consider to be among the greatest summer wine and…