Wine For The Holidays

The holidays are upon us and that means a lot of parties and entertaining… and of course, wine. So what to pour if you’re hosting?  What to bring if you’re going?  What to buy if you’re gifting? Just like anything else, it always depends on your scale of effort… or, …

Robert Parker Steps Down

According to the LA TIMES, Robert Parker is stepping down from his position as Editor-In-Chief for The Wine Advocate.  As I referenced in a previous post, Parker was very much responsible for utilizing the 100-point tasting system that rated what was in the bottle and, in turn, ended up being …

Wine Facts [Part 3]

What is the difference between the aroma and the bouquet when it comes to wine?  What is a “blind tasting”?  What does it mean when a wine has “legs”?  These and many other questions about wine will be answered here.   EXPERT WINE PEOPLE • A sommelier is a French …

Giving Thanks… For Wine

Thanksgiving is a great holiday for family, food and wine.  We often find ourselves in a quandary about what wine to buy for this holiday (among other holidays).  There are many factors that influence this decision, not the least of them is budget.  You know you don’t want to buy …

Thanksgiving Wines

Thanksgiving… one of my favorite holidays of the year for its meaning, as well as the delicious food and the wine that rightfully flows, the pleasure of being reunited and sharing a delicious meal with the people you care the most. This is a very Epicurean way of life. We …

Wine Facts [Part 1]

What does the most expensive bottle of wine cost?  How did the wine industry start in the United States?  What is the most efficient way to chill a bottle of wine?  These and many other questions about wine will be answered here.   PRICE TAG • The most expensive bottle price …

Tres Sabores Winery Tasting

I was recently in Napa and had the pleasure of visiting some great wineries and tasting some amazing wines.  One of the standouts from the trip was my stop at Tres Sabores Winery in St. Helena on Whitehall Lane.  This is not too far from the famed Whitehall Lane Winery. …

Wine Score And Point System

What does it mean to drink a 90-point wine?  Can you really taste the difference between that and a wine that scores 95 points?  Who comes up with these numbers?  And more importantly, why should you really care? You’ve heard this from me before.  If you like the wine, then …