Taste of Wine

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.

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. But dominating my time were the doctors […]

Silver Oak parties on with their latest vintage cabernet

Silver Oak parties on with their latest vintage cabernet

A movie premier would pale in comparison. A presidential inauguration would need more star-power to match up.  New Years Eve at the Ritz might not attract enough thirsty wine drinkers as the annual coming-out event for the latest vintage Silver Oak Napa Valley Release Day.  The latest was orchestrated by owner David Duncan last month at […]

A California bistro lives at Hilton Garden Inn

A California bistro lives at Hilton Garden Inn

Today I was pondering how many lives were changed by that musical group, The Beach Boys, when they sang  “In the warm California Sun!”

C’est Magnifique when in the south of France

C’est Magnifique when in the south of France

When travelers think of the south of France, they tend to picture yachts in Cannes and beachfront hotels sitting by white sandy coastline.  But that’s only one part of the picture.  There are many portraits of this French scenic land for anyone interested in culture, food and, of course, wine.

San Diego’s own fine wine festival — Vin Diego

I looked at him quizzically, not really accepting if the concept of “just wine” would go over for an event of the size he was hoping for.  That was two years ago, and I had just met David Fraschetti for the first time when he laid out his concept of this wine only for his […]