Celebrity Wine [Part 1]

They come from all over the place, they are actors, musicians, race car drivers, politicians – or all of the above – and they have one thing in common… they all have a deep appreciation for wine and winemaking. Oh and money… they all have money. As a matter 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 …

Hollywood Wine

Whether you live in Hollywood or simply came from out of town for a short visit, chances are you have noticed a vineyard near the Hollywood sign. This isn’t just a decor for a movie set, but real vines with real grapes. Here in Los Angeles, people are slightly jaded …

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 …

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, …

Apothic Red Wine Blend For Chocolate

I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say it: I am not a big fan of red wine and chocolate together [CUE THE GASP]. What can I say? it simply doesn’t work for me… unless of course it is done with the right wine. Lo and behold, I recently …

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 …

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. …

Most Expensive Wine In The World

I have had the privilege to taste some very expensive wines in my life. Now just to be clear, the value I am shamelessly bragging about is not monetary. I am talking about aged wines that you cannot put a price on. These are wines that were bought years ago, …

Phinney’s Wines [Part 2]

As I mentioned in the last post, this is all about winemaker Dave Phinney and the great wines that he has crafted. After tasting the two Grenache/Syrah blends – ABSTRACT & D66 – and the two Zinfandel-based wines – THE PRISONER & SALDO – we moved onto the Cabernet Sauvignons.  …