Taste of Wine

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Congratulations to Salvatore Ercolano for delivering the perfect San Diego seaside restaurant and wine bar that’s as relaxed as you could wish for.

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Recently, I observed that the wine consumer was getting washed with wine shows. This was not meant to be a complaint.

Rhone style wines shine for Niner Wines

Rhone style wines shine for Niner Wines

Taste of Wine: Rhone style wines shine for Niner

Taste of Wine: Rhone style wines shine for Niner

It’s a given that the Napa/Sonoma wine country in California draws more visitors than any other vineyard region.  All of us who are connected to this star-kissed industry owe it to Napa/Sonoma and the heavenly wines they have given us.  I’m one for honoring those that made history and brought California the fame and fortune […]

Taste of Wine: SoCal awash in wine shows

Taste of Wine: SoCal awash in wine shows

It would take reams of copy to summarize the dozens of wine shows that have descended onto Southern California to pour the latest releases of fine wine for a thirsty public.

Taste of Wine: Mixing it up with wine blending

Taste of Wine: Mixing it up with wine blending

In my many years of interviewing winemakers on their favorite winemaking experience, it’s almost always blending. Blending is the art of winemaking, an exclusive work for the world of wine to judge. Several finished wine varietals are brought together with the final creation more than the sum of the parts. Three of the more sought-after […]

Wine & jazz always sweeter at Thornton’s Champagne Jazz Concerts

Wine & jazz always sweeter at Thornton’s Champagne Jazz Concerts

Those of us who love jazz music with our wine, and there are many, are gladdened that Spring has arrived.  That’s when new wine releases are brought to market, and the new lineup of jazz concerts are revealed at Thornton Winery in Temecula.

A wine show with international flavor

A wine show with international flavor

Do you have a hard time tasting the difference between a wine from Italy and a wine from California?

Are wine clubs the way to go?

Are wine clubs the way to go?

The huge increase in wine clubs on the west coast should not be a big surprise to anyone who has even a faint idea of how big the rise in wine consumption has been, especially in California. Being a wine observer, commentator and writer, I have not joined any wine clubs, not wanting to play […]

Top 10 Tastes: The first three months of 2015

Top 10 Tastes: The first three months of 2015

  This year my wine journey began like most, significant discoveries at venues both new and familiar.  There was the memorable meeting with Napa wine pioneer, now in his 90s, Mike Grgich; and a road show get-together with the wineries in the Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands wine country.