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One Melnik Minute

People no longer read, I’m convinced, they skim. In light of that, take in this 60-second sip, this quick-hit of knowledge.

By | September 2nd, 2009|1 Comment

Mount K-J?

I got a kick out of Harry Bosworth’s reaction to vintner Jess Jackson’s effort to rename Black Mountain to Alexander Mountain. Bosworth said, “Why don’t we just call it Mount K-J and get it over with.”

By | September 2nd, 2009|0 Comments

Harvest travelers alert – places not to be missed.

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga is the star of Bottle Shock, the film about the landmark Paris tasting of 1976. In our occasional series on places not to missed this harvest season, Chateau Montelena definitely makes the cut.

By | August 28th, 2009|0 Comments

What brew should be served if there’s ever a Beer Summit II?

I met a friend last night for a beer at Third Street Aleworks in Santa Rosa, and I was reminded how great it is to live in Beer Country, a frothy oasis of boutique brews.

By | August 26th, 2009|4 Comments

Is there a long-standing Sideways effect on pinot?

Sideways, the 2004 film that dissed merlot and praised pinot, has had a lasting effect on pinot according to a respected retailer, who prefers not to be named

By | August 25th, 2009|0 Comments

Advice to travelers this harvest season? What are your picks for PLACES NOT TO BE MISSED?

By all accounts the Hess Collection has the most impressive collection of modern art north of San Francisco, featuring the works of internationally known artists such as Francis Bacon, Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella. But it also offers class act wine, truly.

By | August 24th, 2009|0 Comments

What are you sipping on Labor Day Weekend?

  Will you be uncorking lazy Labor Day wines in a hammock? Or will you be rushing off to a party or two? Or better yet, having a final summer romp on the beach with your beasts – your two-legged kids and/or your four-legged pets?   We’re working on a [...]

By | August 21st, 2009|1 Comment

The New York Times launches a wine club

There’s a new player among wine clubs – the New York Times – which suggests how much wine has become a mainstream libation.

By | August 14th, 2009|2 Comments

What would Julia think?

Winethatloves.com is a website that completely dumbs down wine and food pairing so masterfully you can be illiterate and find the bottle you’re looking for. Seriously.

By | August 11th, 2009|1 Comment

Any cowboy connoisseurs in the house?

A new brand called Masked Rider will try to win over young palates with cowboy sayings. That’s right. Sayings right on the tear tab of the label.

By | August 6th, 2009|3 Comments