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Beaujolais Nouveau Day


Corks Popped ‘Round the World as Beaujolais Nouveau Season is Officially Launched! In keeping with a fun French wine tradition, Beaujolais Nouveau wines have been released into the market places, with particular fanfare in certain big city markets like New York, LA, Boston, Tokyo and Paris. What exactly is this wine and why the special … Read the full article…

Getting Through Convention Week


The Democrats were off to a rocky start the morning of the convention’s opening day, but thanks to Michelle, Bernie and Sarah Silverman later that night things buoyed towards a much needed balanc. Dare I say it, the first night got so good that it seemed like a great last night. That said, we still … Read the full article…

Re-Think Pink


Re-Think Pink It’s no longer a bad reincarnation of horrible White Zinfandels. It’s that time of year… Well, if you’re like me, THAT time of year is ANY time of year.  I’m a fan of quaffable Rose wines and now days there are plenty to choose from.  There are varying styles and quality levels and … Read the full article…

Lemon Drop Cocktail

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Hot days, sun drenched beaches, vacations, bar-b-ques, pool parties and connecting with friends after work for cocktails. That’s what I think of when I think of summer and this is a great time of year for certain seasonal cocktails. Plus, after a day of wine tasting or a day of working in the wine industry, … Read the full article…

Survival for Wine Country Travel in Summer


Going to wine country this summer? Here are a few tips to get you through traveling during high season. For traveling through wine country during summer high season, which kicks off in earnest in early July, I suggest you pack a lot of patience and have a plan, especially for weekend visits. Patience because this … Read the full article…

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 … Read the full article…

From Italy and SF With Love


From Italy with love … Biodivino wine store sits in the heart of San Francisco and a stones throw away from California wine country while declaring allegiance to all things Italian. Not only does the Russian Hill area of San Francisco have one of my favorite restaurants and several highly prized wine bars, but there’s … Read the full article…

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 … Read the full article…

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 … Read the full article…

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 … Read the full article…

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 … Read the full article…

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 … Read the full article…

Wine By Design

Freidensreich Hundertwasser

Besides wine and food, one of the things I really love (a bit of a secret obsession and here’s the big reveal), is art and design. It is this love of design that drew me to visit and tour Quioxte Winery in the Stag’s Leap district of Napa. Under an unusual set of circumstances, the winery … Read the full article…

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