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

Le Cuvier Winery

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 varied wine pathogens die … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Wines 2015 Edition

Thanks for the wineries… Ah, yes… Thanksgiving… A time for giving thanks to family and friends… And what better way to give thanks than sharing a bottle of wine.  But what to buy? Every grocery store and wine emporium has their recommendations.  And I would say give them a try…  Or you can solve all of your wine woes right here on Wine Ponder.  (Well, no hangover cures.  So don’t overdo it.)  Figure out who … Continue reading

Meiomi Wine Story

I have mentioned Meiomi Pinot Noir in other posts as a wonderful $22 bottle of wine. It has been under the Wagner Family banner since its inception in 2009. Yes, it does have a twist cap, but the “juice” inside the bottle is consistent and always worth the price of admission. And in case you are not familiar with the Wagner Family of wines – they are the group responsible for Caymus – a beautiful Cabernet … Continue reading

New Halloween Wine List

It’s Halloween time for the little kids… which means candy… and “Hallo-wine” time for the big kids… and you know what that means… I was in a WORLD MARKET store recently and was inundated with Halloween wines.  Keep in mind that I am not necessarily recommending these wines – as I personally have not had 95% of them… But they sure know how to bring out the SPIRIT of the holiday… (pun intended…) • The … Continue reading

Some New Wines To Try

I really enjoy trying new wines… and when I find something I really like, I want to tell the world. So here goes…   First up – 2013 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles I really like Paso Cabs. I have mentioned Justin previously… as well as Chateau Margene. This Cab is aged in new French oak for 10 months and is made from 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec … Continue reading

Pregnancy Wine

So you’re pregnant and you would kill to have a glass of wine right now. First of all, congratulations! Second of all, no one has to die for you to enjoy a glass of wine. I am sounding a little controversial right now, but allow me to explain. Times have changed! In the 50’s very few women stopped drinking alcohol during their pregnancy. But many years of scientific research have shown that alcohol consumption during … Continue reading

Wine With A First Name In the Name

  I have a nephew named Josh… One day, I was perusing the shelves of one of my favorite wine stores, and sure enough… there it was. A wine with the name JOSH right on the label. That was fun. So I decided to look and see if there were other names from my family that may be on the front of a wine bottle. It would make for a great picture to collect those … Continue reading

Celebrity Wine [Part 6]

Professional sport is no picnic. Professional athletes practice hard and play hard. When they’re not “playing”, they are surrounded by the fans and the media. They rarely have a second to themselves and yet, some of them manage to come up with their own brand of wine. Here are 4 athletes who’ve sunk their teeth (or in some cases dentures) into some terroir, and made it to our “celebrity wine” list for better or for worse… 21 – … Continue reading

Wine With A Color In The Name

We love wine with a color in the name. Every color has a meaning, a mood, an emotion. Colors influence state of minds and trigger instincts. They are carefully picked to provoke and promote. They all have been assigned with various meanings, but they do remain highly subjective. When assigned to the name of wine, the winemaker may have picked his favorite color, or simply a reference to the wine itself. Are you easily influenced … Continue reading