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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2016!

 Yes, Thanksgiving will soon be here. As always, we have been planning our Thanksgiving dinner for weeks. The historical significance, the meal itself , and the chance to gather with family and friends to give thanks for all the blessings we have, makes it one of my very favorite days of the years. And, yes, […]

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PEOPLE AND WINE AGING TOGETHER

What is the correlation?  Well, the fact is that people have varying life spans as do wines. Most people understand their aging process, but very few people understand the aging process of wines. In reality, most people could care less about how wines age. This creates a tremendous opportunity for those of us who love […]

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SOME FAVORITE FOODS TO ACCOMPANY ROSÉS

As mentioned in my first article on 2015 rosés (to read that article click here), here is a list of some of the foods we love with rosé: Everything! Just kidding, but rosé is very versatile. In fact, almost any food can be matched with rosé, but listed below are a few of our favorites. […]

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A GREAT WINE AND FOOD DINNER

  Recently George Derbralian of Atherton Wine Imports  organized and hosted a dinner in honor of  Pierre Yves Colin and his wife Caroline at Bouchon restaurant in Beverly Hills. Atherton Wine Imports imports and sells Pierre Yves’s wines in the West Coast. Today Atherton Wine Imports also represents many of the famous growers in Burgundy […]

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A GRAND WINE & FOOD DINNER IN VANCOUVER

    FEATURING GREAT OLD CHAMPAGNE, BORDEAUX, AND DESSERT WINES   The Event This article is an account of a wonderful wine and food dinner I attended in December of last year. It was hosted and arranged by Albert Givton and featured superb wines from his cellar. The location was in Vancouver at the La […]

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MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 41 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE

  EVERY VINTAGE FROM 1972 TO 2012: A GREAT REVELATION! I have been visiting, buying, tasting and drinking wines from Mount Eden Vineyards since the early 70s when they began. I also have been writing about and recommending Mount Eden Vineyards wines since the launch of The Underground Wineletter in 1979. (To read the Retrospective […]

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VANCOUVER RARITIES DINNER FEBRUARY 3, 2015 FEATURING BURGUNDY

VANCOUVER RARITIES DINNER FEATURING BURGUNDY FEBRUARY 3, 2015 HOSTED BY ALBERT GIVTON   The excellent Blue Water Café in Vancouver with renowned Chef Frank Pabst on February 3 was the site for another always interesting wine rarities event organized by Albert Givton featuring this time top Burgundy. As a long time good friend of Albert’s […]

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AN APPRECIATION OF WOLFGANG PUCK

It will soon be 40 years since Wolfgang Puck moved to the United States, and it is time to reflect on America’s most influential chef.  “Wolfgang, most influential, you say?” And, indeed, there is no doubt. Looking back from 2015, it is hard to remember what American cuisine was like in the 1970s when Wolfgang […]

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RARE VINTAGE PORT TASTING 1927–1963, FEATURING QUINTA DO NOVAL NACIONAL

(This article was written by Cary Feibleman, Dennis Foley, Edward Lazarus, Christine Graham and Ronald Brown) Event organizer Don Schliff applying Port tongs to bottle neck Don Schliff, noted Port collector and one of the founders of Wine Warehouse, the famous wholesalers headquartered in Los Angeles, organized an historic Port tasting in February 2015, featuring […]

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A GRAND FOOD & WINE EVENT FEATURING OLD CALIFORNIA CABERNETS FROM INGLENOOK AND DIAMOND CREEK

  OLD CALIFORNIA CABERNET TASTING WITH JOHN TILSON 12/13/14   Dinner by Kelsie Kerr of Standard Fare, Berkeley 1960 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1959 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1958 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1956 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1955 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1949 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   […]

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