Tag Archives: Wine
What about corks?

In Corks I Sometimes Trust.

hat do you do with your old corks? Like many wine drinkers I do have a love-hate relationship with corks. Like so many crafts, there are some beautifully created corks, and there is a slew of mediocrity. Some years ago I showed up late to a personal  wine tasting at a tony Napa Valley winery. […]

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Fresh & Simple. Tomato Cucumber Salad

With the heat of the summer sun blazing down, I find myself looking to either cook more outside on the BBQ or preparing simple salads in the kitchen so I do not need to fire up the oven or stovetop. That’s where the beauty and simplicity of cucumbers and tomatoes shine—together in a tasty and […]

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There’s Alcohol In Your Wine! How Much? Reviewers Now Tell.

It hit me some years ago when while tasting and reading a bottle of Turley Zinfandel. I nearly dropped the bottle when I realized the alcohol level recorded on the label indicated 17%. That’s nearly port, I thought. Since then the alcohol levels of wines beyond zinfandel have been steadily climbing. So much so that […]

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The Wild World of Restaurant Wine Corkage Policies

Last night I was able to lift my head up and take a needed break from working on my books and other projects. I made the short journey to downtown San Diego to finally catch up with old friends Steve Farber and Shawn Ellis. While Steve is local, Shawn is in San Diego for the […]

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When In Paso Robles In The Spring

  When in Paso Robles I tend to gravitate to the westside wineries, not only because they are closer to Curt and Martha’s home, but for the most part, I find the wines more interesting and the environment more aesthetically pleasing, to my taste anyway. I was happy to see that the people behind Bill […]

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1992 Ferrari-Carano Tresor Reserve Cork

Wild card from the cellar

1992 Ferrari-Carano Reserve Tresor surprises me for a19 year-old Sonoma Cab   This bottle has been kicking around my cellar for more than ten years. I must admit, I wasn’t excited about opening this wine. But as the adage goes, it’s not going to get any younger, so with apprehension and low expectations I pulled […]

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Wine Making History: Bedrock Wine Company, Sonoma

A vey passionate winemaker whose wines are some of the best I’ve discovered in recent years just announced that he will be issuing a refund to anyone who bought one of his most recent releases. Why? Because he doesn’t feel the quality is up to the standards he strives for and is committed to making. […]

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