The Responsibilities Of A Wine Cooler

Wine Coolers

If you live in California and you love wine, you probably have a wine cooler or a wine cellar. And if you don’t, well you oughta get one! But beware, owning a wine cooler or a wine cellar comes with responsibilities. There are two potential problems with owning a wine cooler or a wine cellar!   Drinking Wine Too Fast If you are a member of a wine club, you conveniently receive a tasteful collection of wine every now … Continue reading

Wine Songs

I grew up surrounded with people who cherish wine. Both sets of grandparents live in two very notorious and respected French Wine regions: Côtes du Rhône and Bourgogne (Burgundy). Needless to say, I imbibed a ton and learned even more while spending entire summers at my grandparents. There was just something about seeing the grapes being grown in that soft sunlight of France, and experiencing the whole wine-making process that really opened me up. There are large numbers of songwriters … Continue reading

Wine Corks And Cork FAQ

I gathered a few questions and answers about natural cork from the world wide web. Whether true or not, they make us think about our recycling obligations. The wine industry has introduced other ways to protect wine after finding its way inside the bottle. Those are synthetic stoppers and aluminum screw caps, both scientifically proven to be as good, if not better than natural cork. I guess I do have a preference for natural cork but ultimately, what really matters … Continue reading

Stay Connected With Your Own Wifi Wine Bottle

By Steve Jacobson – A wifi wine bottle that is connected to the Internet?  Why would anyone want that? Well, I supposed if you have just about every wine toy out there, you might as well add this one to your collection. A Boston startup, Kuvée, has created a wifi wine bottle with a digital display on its touch screen.  You insert a cartridge that is filled with wine and up comes the info on … Continue reading

Wine With A Pun In The Name

Everybody loves a good pun, especially when they’re clever. Puns are quite popular in parties and small gatherings, and so is wine. Little did you know, puns pair very well with wine… So much that they are used by winemakers themselves. So I came up with a list of wine with a pun in the name. I love funny names. As well as anecdotes and jokes, the whimsical labels and names given to wine are a particular source of amusement. … Continue reading

Hugo Wine Cocktail

Nothing says fun like a brand new wine cocktail. And boy, did I have fun last weekend with my Hugo wine cocktail – Epicurean fun that is ; ) As always, the setting and the conditions were perfect. It was a warm afternoon and we were celebrating someone’s birthday. That special someone happened to have a special birthday drink called “Hugo”. For those of you who know me, I get pretty excited at the idea of trying … Continue reading

Steak Tartare Wine Pairing

I confess, steak tartare is my guilty pleasure. So much that it has become my first meal every time I travel back to France. After landing in Paris Charles De Gaulle airport, I quickly Uber over to one of my favorite restaurants on Place Dauphine near Notre-Dame and cheerfully order my steak tartare. Best way to beat jet lag ; ) Steak tartare comes in many forms: ground, chopped, seared, etc… I tasted it several times at different restaurants and it turns out, … Continue reading

Wine For Valentine

By Steve Jacobson – Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching… and many people will be popping open Champagne and other sparklers to start off the festivities. But what other options are there?   NAKED WINERY hails from Oregon and offers up several provocative wine names.   Starting off is Foreplay Chardonnay from Rogue Valley – refreshing and crisp and aged a short 4 months in stainless steel and French oak. There is no malolactic fermentation, so this will … Continue reading

Le Cuvier Winery

By Steve Jacobson – There is a fun little winery in Paso Robles that I recently visited that I wanted to share with you. It is called Le Cuvier – which translates to “The Vat”… referring to the casks that wine is aged in. There is a great quote on the winery website ( from the man who started it all – John Munch: “There is firm empirical evidence to the effect that yeast and other … Continue reading

Glühwein – The mulled wine of Germany

It is never too late to try new things, and not too long ago I tried glühwein for the first time! The experience was quite endearing, and I am excited to share it with you – along with the recipe, of course. And you’re welcome ; ) First, a little historical context about glühwein, more commonly known as mulled wine. Heated and spiced wine started in Rome during the 2nd century. The Romans travelled all across … Continue reading