Author Archive for frank...mangio

The trifecta pays off in the world of wine

Trifecta is a thing of beauty in the horse tracks of America. You make a wager on three races, naming the race and the horse that will come in a winner. This takes creativity and a certain amount of bravado to come home on top, with an oversized payoff for your gamble. I find that same amount of […]

Spending time with the author of ‘Sideways’

It was the first time I had seen a major wine festival inside an airport hanger. Leave it to the pinot noir wine makers to come up with the Santa Monica Airport to lineup their 100-plus “just Pinot” wineries with the winemakers ready to tell the compelling tales about their vintages. The 2008s are out […]

Banfi pours at the 3rd Corner, and will be a stop on Tuscany wine tour

The wine glasses were being toasted high and loud recently at the 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro in Encinitas. Not only was there a classic lineup of Castello Banfi Chianti Classico, Super Tuscan Blends and a four-course menu especially created for the occasion by the 3rd Corner Executive Chef Lincoln Williams; it also kicked […]

Former farmer turns rare grain into special drink

Domenico Maurici is a huggable former southern Italian villager from Calabria Italy.  As a young man, he and his brother worked the fields of his parents’ farm, producing a rare grain called farro, a very tasty and healthy ingredient for pastas. They learned more at the regional culinary institute and at local Italian restaurants where they […]

In the Skyroom with Georges de Latour

A hush fell over the assembled in the lofty, intimate confines of the Skyroom in the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla on this recent night when a Vertical Tasting of the Georges de Latour collection of seven vintages of cabernet sauvignon from Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) of Rutherford in Napa Valley was about to begin. […]

A wine man with a good plan

Every so often I am granted an interview with a winery owner and personality that I really look forward to unwrapping. Such was the opportunity to spend some time with Cameron Hughes of Cameron Hughes Wine at the San Diego Press Club holiday party in Point Loma. “We buy grapes on the spot market and got […]

Try fizzy, sweet and sparkling wines

One of the missing links to my knowledge of wine has always been the array of before and after dinner champagnes, sparkling wines, ports and grape-based exotic and vibrant drinks like grappa, vin sante, sherry and vermouth. Port is a beautifully sweet, powerful wine, mostly consumed after dinner and is especially delectable with chocolate. Its […]

My list of top 10 wine tastings for 2010

After a long and winding road, visiting wineries, vineyards, wine shops, restaurants, resorts and wine events, at times I asked myself “Are we there yet? Have we found the ten best tastes for this year?” I hope not. Tomorrow may bring yet another lovely wine that matches the list below. I will keep up the hunt […]

In a Riedel glass, wine is art

At the recent San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, the premier wine glass company in the world, Riedel, with the eloquent Maximilian Riedel at the controls, wowed the audience with a sweeping and poetic message that an elegant glass will enhance the taste of wine. Now I do admit that I wasn’t certain that […]

In Monterey, great taste just goes with the territory

Romantic Monterey, a one-of-a-kind appellation, sweeps 90 miles down the coast from Cannery Row in the city, through Carmel by the Sea, Santa Cruz, Pebble Beach, the Carmel Valley, the rolling hills of Salinas Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands.  There are nine officially designated appellations, or AVAs, that have unique characteristics for remarkable flavor, […]