Viva La France and French Wines!

Now that we’ve wrapped up our country’s national Independence Day, let’s help the French ring in their day. Bastille Day is July 14th and what better way to celebrate than by splurging on France’s best export?! No, not perfume or Catherine Denuve, but French wine (well, maybe Catherine Deuve). I fell in love with wine […]

Summer Libations (a.k.a. cocktails)

Now that summer is officially upon us, let’s talk about summer refreshments. While we here at The BarrelBuzz usually focus on wine, today I wanted to talk a little bit about cocktails. Now don’t get me wrong, during the summer, I always enjoy a crisp white wine like a Chenin Blanc or a dry Rose […]

That Special Gift for Dad

What better way to say, “Thanks dad” then with a handsome bottle (or two or three) of a delicious, big and bold red wine?!!  You can get the usual 750 ml bottle, or for a real show stopper, consider a magnum. If you have the budget to take it one step further, we heartily recommend […]

Tequila Mockingbird

An English major walks into a bar …  Congrats, you fought through War and Peace, burned through Fahrenheit 451, and sailed through Moby-Dick. All right, you nearly drowned in Moby-Dick, but you made it to shore- and you deserve a drink! *** A friend of mine went birthday gift shopping for me and all I […]

A Summer of Rieslings and Its Ardent Advocate

Although I love my new Northern Cali digs, occasionally I do miss certain events and places from my former stomping grounds of New York.  One such event is The Summer of Riesling, which takes place at all locations of Terroir, one of my favorite wine bars.  On the first day of summer, sommelier and restaurateur […]

In Praise of Wineries Going Green

Earth Day is an annual reminder of our responsibilities toward our planet and that we all have our part, no matter how big or small. The wine industry is not exclude. Whether independent wineries, wine bars and retail store, or large worldwide wine related corporations, this is an industry that has a huge impact on […]

A Revolution in Taste & California Tastemakers

I have been devouring my latest book purchase, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste. in it, San Francisco Chronicle wine writer, Jon Bonne explores emerging California wine producers that are rejecting the status quo style of California winemaking that crept in since late 90s. You […]

Together Naturally

I don’t get to SoCal often, but the last couple visits,  I and several friends ended up having two of the best dinners we’ve ever had at two amazing, relatively new restaurants, Sotto and Alma.  Part of the foodie adventure was not just due to the decor, vibe and eats, but also to the accompanying […]

Charmed by Carmel Valley

The third time is the charm.  That’s what I think of when I reminisce about my recent weekend getaway to the ever charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Not that the other visits haven’t been special, but this time around we got to explore nearby areas previously overlooked. Among the newly charted territory is Carmel Valley and […]

Local Wines in Brooklyn

This is a tasting room and “winery” outpost in NYC’s hipster borough of Brooklyn.  Not Manhattan, not Long Island or Finger Lakes, but Brooklyn.  That takes care of the first half of the name.  For the second half- Oenology, the art and science of winemaking, a word usually reserved for wine industry insiders and even […]