Taste of Wine

A wine moment at the Grand Del Mar

A wine moment at the Grand Del Mar

Road shows are nothing new in the wine world.  Especially this time of the year when wine makers really don’t have critical responsibilities at bud break and flowering of the vines.

Here’s What’s Happening in the Wine World

Here’s What’s Happening in the Wine World

The Coast News expands. As some of my readers know, I’ve been crisscrossing Colorado for the past couple of weeks, visiting wineries from Denver to Grand Junction and will deliver the news of what I found out about Colorado wines in just a few weeks.

The pinnacle of Southern California Marina hospitality

The pinnacle of Southern California Marina hospitality

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles, offers a commanding vista of one of the largest, most beautiful marinas in the world.

The essences of wine tasting

The essences of wine tasting

Last week I got to thumbing through my very first wine columns some nine years ago.  The wine world has changed so much since those halcyon days when life was a little calmer, prosperous and most of the wine we reported on was Cabernet and Chardonnay.

Miles of aisles on the Superhighway of Wine

Miles of aisles on the Superhighway of Wine

I may need a few household things, but when I am finished at the COSTCO in Carlsbad, I have my few things PLUS nearly a case of a variety of wines to fill the cart.

Bonjour Beaujolais:  France’s new ‘discovery’

Bonjour Beaujolais: France’s new ‘discovery’

“Discover Beaujolais” read the campaign slogan.  It caught my eye because Beaujolias is one of the oldest wine brands in the world, crafted by respected wine makers in eastern France above Lyon for something like 2000 years.  It’s squeezed into an area dominated by Burgundy in the north, and the Rhone wines in the south.

New Wines, a New Villa and All That Jazz in Temecula

New Wines, a New Villa and All That Jazz in Temecula

A friend of mine recently passed me the official site map for Temecula that I speculate could have been printed in the ‘80s.  It showed 12 wineries, some 25 less than are counted today in the winegrower’s brochure, an amazing growth record.

On the road again to find the ‘Great Eight’

On the road again to find the ‘Great Eight’

The road map to find my “Great Eight” wines for the first three months of the year took me to many road shows, wine bars, resorts and restaurants.

A French wine outpost in California’s Napa Valley

A French wine outpost in California’s Napa Valley

I pay attention to an email from Jim Barrasso, the energetic owner of Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas.  Barrasso has a keen sense of wine bargains and occasionally will share this good fortune with his customers.

Discovering  wines on the boot

Discovering wines on the boot

The results are in on the 2013 Italian harvest and for those that enjoy a good Barolo, Chianti Classico, Primativo or Nero D’ Avola and hundreds of other Italian varietals, the news is good.