Food fight?

Food fight? Hardly. Yet for many pinot noir is seen as the ultimate food match, particularly the Burgundian style of pinot, earthy, tangy, with good acidity. So it begs the question: Is zinfandel in pinot’s shadow?

By | January 18th, 2011|1 Comment


Here’s a knockout pinot noir – the Chasseur, 2009 Sonoma County. It’s so damn good you’ll stare at the glass and talk about its striking concentration of red raspberry fruit to whoever will listen. Yes, even the dog.

By | January 14th, 2011|6 Comments

Thank God it’s Friday wines

Thank God it's Friday wines. Have you ever noticed people at work? We’ll, try to be inconspicuous but take a peek. They’re either pecking away on their computer, talking into their Bluetooth or texting on their Smartphone. Yes, sadly we have become the Borg, the Star Trek fictional race of cyborgs, half human, half machine. We’ll it’s Friday afternoon and it’s time to unplug, disconnect and lose yourself. That’s right … off the grid, dude.

By | January 14th, 2011|0 Comments

Designated driver?

Designated driver? Sipping in Wine Country is gearing up with events like Winter Wineland this Saturday and Sunday and the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Jan. 29th.

By | January 14th, 2011|7 Comments

Thank God It’s Friday Wines

If you’re the type of person who works hard and plays hard, it’s that time of the week to think recreational hardball.

By | January 7th, 2011|0 Comments

How do you calculate “moderation”?

While it’s no protein shake, wine in moderation is good for the system as we all know. But just how do you calculate “moderation”?

By | January 5th, 2011|3 Comments

A wine baptism?

A wine baptism? Did you know that in Italy the top restaurants don’t consider a clean wine glass ready to use before they’ve rinsed it out with a splash of wine? Yes, a baptism of sorts.

By | January 5th, 2011|0 Comments

Bone up on bubbly

We'll cut to chase with the most crucial information: How to open a bottle. Contrary to common belief, the best way to open a bottle of bubbly is not to pop the cork. It's better to slowly allow for the cork’s release, achieving an ideal “sigh” as the cork exits the bottle. One last tip: be sure to make the process look easy.

By | December 29th, 2010|0 Comments

Can you budget indulgence?

Can you budget indulgence? When it comes to sparklers, you bet. Top picks under $25 include: Roederer Estate’s NV Anderson Valley Brut Domaine Chandon’s Brut Classic, NV California Mirabelle NV North Coast Brut

By | December 29th, 2010|1 Comment

Guess who’s coming to dinner at the White House?

Guess who's coming to dinner at the White House? Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay, that’s who. According to a White House spokesperson the wine was chosen in part because it offers a great story of a woman who developed a passion for the industry.

By | December 22nd, 2010|8 Comments