Napa Wineries Bounce Back, Post Quake

After forging through the strongest earthquake since 1989 in Napa, most of the areas 400 plus wineries only suffered minor damages, and it’s back to business as usual. Going along the major highways and roads through Napa Valley, post the recent quake, it’s as if no disaster just took place at all. There are seemingly […]

Wine Country Gears Up for Harvest

As all the winemakers and cellar workers wrap up summer vacations and hit the ground running for what will be another early harvest, wineries throughout Napa and Sonoma are abuzz with pre-harvest activity. Interns from around the world have besieged the area, in a welcome way, taking to their exotic assignments with gusto. Many wineries […]

Is It a Bakery or Wine Bar? In Praise of the Pop Up

I’m intrigued by Pop Up restaurants and wine bars.  I love the idea, the efforts behind them, and I even love the title- “Pop Up.” Where some view it as representing some sort of insignificant spontaneous event or an after thought, I see it as a project of dedication, determination and passion. There are restaurateurs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]