Wine With An Animal In The Name

If you’re a wine drinker (and shopper), you have noticed a very high usage of our faunal friends on wine labels. Do you care to guess which animal name is the most widely used in naming wines? I did a little research, and I came up with some impressive lists – …

Shipping Wine Can Lead To Heat Damage

Just a few days ago, I purchased a case of red wine, a Pinot Noir from a winery in the Anderson Valley. The wine was shipped via UPS and carefully packed in a typical cardboard box made especially for wine. The wine was delivered with no apparent damage… but I …

Mucho Sabor Wine Pairing

Good and successful wine-paring is hard to achieve. You know, the kind that makes you so happy and content; the kind that feels like everything is right in the world. There are many factors involved, some of which are highly subjective, like your own state of mind. Trying to manufacture …

Locations Wine Tasting

By Steve Jacobson & Laurent Jouvin – Dave Phinney is one of the finest winemakers of our time.  He made his name when he made the great Zinfandel-Cabernet Sauvignon blend, THE PRISONER.  He followed it up with a great Zinfandel, SALDO. His Syrah, D66, is a superb wine… among many …

Wine Manners To Go

Manners apply to everything in life, and wine is no exception. Wine has some rules… But mostly common sense. There are certain things you should do and some you shouldn’t. In this simple guideline article, I list a few of the simplest wine rules that I also like to refer to as “Wine …

The Four Corners Of Wine

Wine may seem a little intimidating at times. So many choices, so many varietals, so many wineries! How does one remember all of that?! I for one do not remember everything I taste – if I did, my name would be Robert Parker. I don’t know all the different varietals …

What To Do With Leftover Wine

Leftover wine, what’s that? Just kidding ; ) My wife and I often end up with leftover wine, too… but generally speaking, it doesn’t last much more than 24 hours. However, some people only have one glass of wine per day and they have to find ways to make the …

Sparkling Wine Names

Do you know your sparklers? Sparkling wine names – or denominations – are designated based on the wine’s country of origin. Depending on your location, you may refer to sparkling wines as Champagne, Spumante, or just… sparkling wine. This nomenclatural war started in the Champagne province of France where local …