Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Urban Wine Tasting At Its Finest

Wine tasting is a lot of fun.  You get to try different wines from the same winery.  You get to compare different wines side by side.  You get to taste wines that you can’t get anywhere else.  And often you can meet the people responsible for making the wine.   …

Wine Market Intimidation

When looking at hundreds or even thousands of bottles of wine on the shelf in the market, it can be a very daunting and intimidating experience. What do you buy when there are so many choices? Think about it.  There are approximately 39,000 wineries worldwide, including 9,000 wineries in the …

A Toast!

A friend of mine (Thank you Charles!) suggested this topic for today’s post – and because it is wine-related, I ran with it.  Even though I am familiar with some of the history, I wanted to dig into the subject a little more. So just where did the ritual of …

Wine Blends

Wine blends have become a very exciting thing in winemaking today all across the world.  I’m not talking about just the “Bordeaux” blends that France has made so famous.  Winemakers are taking a chance on blending lots of different varietals and coming up with some interesting and delicious wines. Since …

Large Format Bottles

The Wine Ponderer has already written about Wine Bottle Shapes And Sizes.  But I wanted to address why the sizes of bottles matter. Have you ever walked into a restaurant or a wine store and seen the very large bottles of wine?  What is up with that?  How practical is …

Wine Facts [Part 4]

How long will wine last in a bottle that’s been opened?  What does “toast” have to do with wine?  How many wineries are there in the United States?  These and many other questions about wine will be answered here.   LEFTOVER WINE There is no specific length of time of …

More Wine For The Holidays

This holiday wine post is a follow-up to the previous one on WINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS.  I addressed the red wines – specifically Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignons.  This time, I will take on white wine, dessert wine and sparkling wine. So no matter if you are buying a …