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Archives for 2015

Santa Rita Hills Ripeness In my prior blog “Santa Barbara wine Tasting Experience” I previewed wines we tasted on this trip during the 2015 vintage. The Tyler tasting notes are in the prior blog, but for completeness, I have copied them here. We hit the winery with the lowest alcohol levels first up at around Read More

My wife and I love Santa Barbara. It’s an architecturally significant and cool town, a fun drive 4-hour from the Bay Area and unlike Napa Valley, its un-crowded and very welcoming. If you go mid week, chances are you may be the only person in the tasting room. The other reason I like Santa Barbara Read More

Two years ago I attended the Pebble Beach Wine and Food Grand tasting, a terrific place to taste a cross section of wine styles and sample tasty bites from celebrity chef’s. I tasted nearly 50 wines in the 3 hours and I met Gary Pisoni, proudly presenting his Garry’s Vineyard Pinot’s. His Pinot’s were dark Read More

As Karen MacNeil observed in The Wine Bible, “The question of readiness is a valid, if frustrating one. Drinking a wine when its most interesting flavors are being fully expressed is clearly preferable to drinking a wine that’s too young to have anything much to say.” Of course, deciding when to pull a bottle from Read More

Many subtle chemical interactions occur within a bottle of wine as it ages. However, if not stored in a proper environment, a dramatically negative impact can be had on these interactions, including total spoilage of the wine. A bottle will tell the tale of improper wine storage through appearance, smell, and taste. – Uncork the Read More

For that everyday drinking bottle of Beaujolais Villages or a simple Napa Cabernet, your kitchen wine rack or countertop is an easy and relatively harmless choice for storing your wine. But when it comes to a prized vintage of Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon? The kitchen counter is decidedly not the ideal place for Read More

Wine connoisseurs looking for pristine wine storage conditions might consider purchasing a dedicated refrigerator for storing those expensive bottles at the correct temperature. Pros and cons do exist for this storage method, however, warranting further exploration. Pros – Compact storage – Controlled temperature – Horizontal positioning – Protection from light – Easy and efficient way Read More

The best hostesses have discovered how wonderful Port berry flavors complement the bitter, sweet taste of dark chocolate. Check out these other interesting facts about Porto. The original Portuguese wines were created for British sailors during the end of the 1600s. This dessert wine is sweet and red. It is made in the Douro Valley Read More