A Guide to Wine, Food & the Good Life

Featured Wine Commentary

Similar Articles:

  1. CALERA WINE COMPANY - A GREAT CALIFORNIA WINE STORY NOW ENTERING ANOTHER CHAPTER
  2. A RECENT VISIT TO DIAMOND CREEK VINEYARDS – FALL 2018
  3. GAMBAL-WORK WINERY
  4. 2018 HILLSIDE HOUSE SUNSET SOIRÉE WITH JIM CLENDENEN OF AU BON CLIMAT
  5. IS IT ROSÉ TIME?
  6. DOMAINE BALLOT-MILLOT – HISTORY, OLDER WINES & THE 2015 VINTAGE, AND TASTING NOTES ON THE 2015S
  7. BIEN NACIDO ESTATE AND SOLOMON HILLS ESTATE
  8. A VISIT TO TYLER WINERY
  9. ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL – VINTAGE 2014
  10. SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN VINEYARD AND QUINTA CRUZ
  11. RIDGE VINEYARDS & THE DROUGHT YEARS 2012-2015
  12. BONNY DOON VINEYARD: A PIONEER PRODUCER WHERE OLD IS NEW
  13. VISIT TO CALERA & NEW AND OLD WINES
  14. DIAMOND CREEK VINEYARDS
  15. TYLER WINERY
  16. MARIETTA CELLARS
  17. CHANIN WINE COMPANY & LUTUM WINES
  18. MASSICAN WINERY
  19. DOMAINE BALLOT MILLOT
  20. DOMAINE SAUMAIZE-MICHELIN
  21. ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL - VINTAGE 2013
  22. CALERA WINE COMPANY
  23. RIDGE VINEYARDS
  24. BIEN NACIDO ESTATE AND SOLOMON HILLS ESTATE
  25. RIDGE VINEYARDS AND TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD
  26. TYLER WINERY AND CHANIN WINE COMPANY
  27. ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL - VINTAGE 2012
  28. WORLD CLASS CENTRAL COAST WINERIES: New Releases From Calera, Domaine Eden, Mount Eden Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, and Tablas Creek Vineyard
  29. BERNARD PORTET’S NEW WINEMAKING PROJECT, HERITANCE
  30. CALERA WINE COMPANY
  31. THE OJAI VINEYARD
  32. TYLER WINERY
  33. ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL – VINTAGE 2011
  34. DOMAINE DONATSCH
  35. THE COMPLETE(R) STORY
  36. SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN VINEYARD & QUINTA CRUZ: TWO IN ONE
  37. THE BIG KAHUNA LINE UP
  38. RIDGE VINEYARDS
  39. AU BON CLIMAT & QUPÉ
  40. MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS AND DOMAINE EDEN
  41. MOSEL VERSUS MONTRACHET
  42. JOSEPH SWAN: A CALIFORNIA WINE LEGEND
  43. SUMMERTIME IS ROSÉ TIME!
  44. IN PURSUIT OF BALANCE: A TRADE TASTING AND MORE
  45. SPRING HAS SPRUNG
  46. THE MAYACAMAS MOUNTAINS OF NAPA VALLEY & THREE PIONEER PRODUCERS
  47. STILL DON'T KNOW JURA? YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING!
  48. THREE CRU CLASSÉ LADIES OF THE COTES DE PROVENCE
  49. ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL – VINTAGE 2010
  50. THE OJAI VINEYARD
  51. KUDOS FOR CALERA
  52. THE HOLY TRINITY OF WINERIES
  53. MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS AND DOMAINE EDEN -- SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW
  54. RIDGE VINEYARDS - UNCOMPROMISING QUALITY
  55. The Dueling Inexpensive Red Wine Line-Ups -- Which Ones Went To The Drinking Round And Which Ones Went Down The Drain?
  56. A Pair To Draw From – Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and Quinta Cruz
  57. T FOR TWO – TABLAS CREEK AND TYLER TOO!
  58. Que Syrah, Syrah…Wherefore Art Thou?
  59. ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL - VINTAGE 2009
  60. Is “Sanity” Returning To The Market?
  61. Under The Radar California Wines
  62. More 2009 Wines
  63. A Tale of Two California Wineries – One New, One Old
  64. There Was A Legacy
  65. Surprising New Wines from Old-World Spain
  66. 2009 Beaujolais
  67. Lemmings to the Sea?
  68. 2009 Rosé
  69. Dom Pérignon in the Napa Valley
  70. A Burgundy Story
  71. A Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Retrospective Tasting
  72. Champagne or No?
  73. A Visit With Robert Lawrence Balzer -- Grand Ambassador of American Wine Culture
  74. Champagne -- The Wine of Kings

CALERA WINE COMPANY – A GREAT CALIFORNIA WINE STORY NOW ENTERING ANOTHER CHAPTER

  Earlier this year Calera Wine Company founder and owner Josh Jensen announced the sale of the company to Duckhorn Wine Co. I first visited Josh at Calera shortly after he released his first vintage which was 1978. And I have been following, buying, and drinking Calera wines since then. The wines are consistently first […]

Click here to read entire article »

A RECENT VISIT TO DIAMOND CREEK VINEYARDS – FALL 2018

    I first visited Diamond Creek Vineyards over 40 years ago. The first vintage for Diamond Creek Creek was 1972, and shortly after that we went to we went to visit (to read a recent article on Diamond Creek including the history click here). The late Al Brounstein, along wine his wife Boots, founded […]

Click here to read entire article »

GAMBAL-WORK WINERY

  Gambal-Work is a new winery dedicated to making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara that expresses the true nature of the grapes. Here is how the winery came into being as described on their website: GAMBAL-WORK is the creation of four men who believe that great wine is made by following a seamless line […]

Click here to read entire article »

2018 HILLSIDE HOUSE SUNSET SOIRÉE WITH JIM CLENDENEN OF AU BON CLIMAT

2018 HILLSIDE HOUSE SUNSET SOIRÉE WITH JIM CLENDENEN OF AU BON CLIMAT   The annual Hillside House Sunset Soirée fundraising dinner was held June 9, 2018 at the historic El Mirador Estate in Montecito, CA (to read an article about the event click here ). It was a great success in all respects. The fundraiser was […]

Click here to read entire article »

IS IT ROSÉ TIME?

  Spring has arrived. And the new vintage 2017 rosés are starting to appear on the market. So with the normal fanfare merchants are now heralding the “It’s Rosé Time” chant. That’s all well and good.   But, it was not all that many years ago that Americans paid little attention to rosé. Oh yes, […]

Click here to read entire article »

DOMAINE BALLOT-MILLOT – HISTORY, OLDER WINES & THE 2015 VINTAGE, AND TASTING NOTES ON THE 2015S

    HISTORY Below is what I said about this Domaine in my first article posted in February 2010: Even a lot of very serious White Burgundy fans may have never heard of this producer. I first became acquainted with the wines in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  In those days, the wines were […]

Click here to read entire article »

BIEN NACIDO ESTATE AND SOLOMON HILLS ESTATE

  Beginning in 2005 the Miller family, owners of Bien Nacido Vineyard and Solomon Hills Vineyard, began to make a small amount of wine under their label. Owners of Bien Nacido Vineyards since 1969, this vineyard has been the source of many great wines made by early wineries like Au Bon Climat, Qupé, and Bonny […]

Click here to read entire article »

A VISIT TO TYLER WINERY

  Recently, I paid a visit to Tyler Winery in Lompoc, CA to taste the 2014 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs with Justin Willet, the owner and winemaker. Some of the wines were released for sale in March and the rest will be released for sale in September. If you love Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the […]

Click here to read entire article »

ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL – VINTAGE 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 2014 BURGUNDY VINTAGE DOMAINES AND NEGOCIANTS VISITED WINES TASTED AND TASTING NOTES 2014 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANÉE-CONTI HARVEST REPORT RECENT VINTAGES (2013 – 2007) HOW BURGUNDY IS TASTED FROM BARREL A SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF BURGUNDY INTRODUCTION   I first started going to Burgundy to taste wines from barrel in 1981. Since […]

Click here to read entire article »

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN VINEYARD AND QUINTA CRUZ

 A Great Under The Radar Twoofer My history here goes back a long time. This is a small under the radar winery that consistently makes first rate wines at affordable prices. Here is the introduction to the history of these wines from my first article (to read that article click here). This is the story […]

Click here to read entire article »
To subscribe and be notified anytime we post a new article, enter your email address in the box below, then click on Subscribe Now.
Links to Our Friends View All Articles