California wine prices: Where are they going?
Monday, September 28, 2015

Interesting article by the Chronicle's occasional wine writer, Jon Bonné , in yesterday's paper, on a range of topics related to wine prices, but mainly more or less of a warning that they may be too high to be sustained. Jon fairly points out that labor costs in California are more Relat... .. read more..

The Cannubi Conundrum ~ If 15 was 30
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Still life with glass of Lambrusco at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar A lthough harvest is in full-swing in Piedmont, the folks who sell the wines have hit the road. This week found me in New York City and Frisco, Texas (not “we're so sorry”, California) for a barrage of more Related Posts: From Italy... .. read more..

Wine Folly Book Launch – Week One
Friday, September 25, 2015

working 7 days a week is not bad when you have wine This has been a crazy week! Being a first-time author attempting to make a blip in the book world is not like riding a pony. To sum up: both Justin and I have been working 7 days a more Related Posts: Out Today: Drink Better Wine With Th... .. read more..

State dinner wines for President Xi
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tomorrow night, President and Mrs. Obama will host President Xi Jinping of China for a State Dinner at the White House. And we have been able to procure the menu for the “Autumn feast”–with the wine pairings! The White House has a tradition of serving only American wines. This more Relate... .. read more..

Unfiltered: The NFL’s Wine-Fueled Viking (Wine Spectator)
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Plus, Vladimir Putin's visit to a Crimean winery leads to embezzlement allegations, Swiss vintners claim fungicide damaged vineyards, and a California parish makes Communion wine from a graveyard more Related Posts: California Wine Growers: What Damaged Our Vines? (Wine… Unfiltered... .. read more..

An Italian wine cellar grows in Austin at Italic
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Above: the soppressata and taleggio pizza at Italic, Austin's latest Italian entry. Tuesday found me in Austin where I finally got to eat at Italic, the latest Italian-concept to open there and just one of the seemingly countless new Italians to open or to launch before year's end. The wine direc... .. read more..

Taking On The Wine Tasting Challenge
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Learn about wine with a structured wine tasting that you can do on your own. The tasting is designed to be accompanied by the book: Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. We love to drink, sometimes maybe more than we'd like to admit. Fortunately, with a decent more Related Posts: Wine ... .. read more..

My latest wine reviews
Thursday, September 24, 2015

This is the latest of my occasional wine reviews. I hope you enjoy. CABERNET SAUVIGNON Vina Robles 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles); $24. There's a tartness to this Cab that gives it a cranberry-like bite. The acidity is quite high, which makes me wonder if it was added or is ... .. read more..

Next NYU wine course – starts Oct 14
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The air is getting cool. The undergrads are swarming campus. And they are cheering the NYU football team! Oh, wait, there is no football team… But there is a wine class ! Yes, a real, live, in-person, wine class! My next NYU wine course starts October 14 and runs for more Related Posts: H... .. read more..

Does it Matter what School you go To?
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

As another son of mine starts up his Junior year in high school, thoughts turn to college applications, tuition and test scores. A lot of hard work will decide where you get accepted--but do enough people think about the earning potential they will have after graduation. I don't more Rela... .. read more..

September 2015 Virginia Wine Chat with North Gate Vineyard
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One of my favorite tastings is back – Virginia Wine Chat with Frank Morgan returned this past Thursday after a two month hiatus. This month Frank was visiting the fine folks at North Gate Vineyard , chatting with owner Mark Fedor, and sipping on three of their wines – more Related Posts: ... .. read more..

Fires Under Control, California Wineries Get Back to Harvest (Wine Spectator)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lake County and Sierra Foothill vintners assess damage to vineyards and homes more Related Posts: Earthquake Strikes Napa Valley; Wineries Assess Damage (Wine Wildfires Continue to Threaten California Wine Regions (Wine Napa’s Wine Community Unbowed After Massive Earthquake Explosiv... .. read more..

Pennsylvania’s Latest Attempt To Alienate Its Wine Lovers
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In what apparently is Pennsylvania's latest attempt to prove that it is, in fact, the single worst state in the Union for wine lovers, a recent ruling by Chester County Judge Edward Griffith has put the kibosh on saving a few thousand bottles of wine confiscated from resident Arthur Goldman .. read more..

Top 10 Reasons Why Madrid is the Best Place to be Single 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Being single can be a blessing, or a curse, depending on what you're looking for. Over the years, I've found it mostly liberating and occasionally frustrating, like the day you're nixed from the Valentine's couples-only discount at the Collisseum, because you're a lonely party of one. Suddenly yo... .. read more..

How crowded can Napa Valley get?
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

There's an ill wind blowing in Napa these days. The county seems torn about how it sees its future, which is really about how it sees its current status and its past. This all was the subject of a letter in the St. Helena Star newspaper written by more Related Posts: Napa’s traffic crisis... .. read more..

Health Watch: Resveratrol Offers Health Benefits, But Should You Swallow a Pi...
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One study finds that a glass of wine contains enough to fight colorectal cancer; another looks at how resveratrol heals trauma patients more Related Posts: Health Watch: Red Wine Compounds Fight the Common Cold (Wine Health Watch: Moderate Drinking Helps Memory, Heavy Drinking Health Watc... .. read more..

Blue Apron adds wine delivery – and huge ambitions
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Another day, another company that wants to deliver wine to your home! Today, it's Blue Apron who is adding wine delivery. The Brooklyn startup offers “fresh ingredients, great recipes delivered weekly to your home.” Although I haven't tried it, lots of people have since the company says they deli... .. read more..

8 & $20 Recipe: Beet Risotto with Herbed Chicken Tenders (Wine Spectator)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This colorful dish lends itself to weeknight dinners, parties and a range of wine pairings more Related Posts: 8 & $20 Recipe: Roasted Chicken Thighs With Broccoli… 8 & $20 Recipe: Pulled-Chicken Barbecue Sliders (Wine… 8 and $20 Recipe: Barbecue Chicken With a Fing... .. read more..

Out Today: Drink Better Wine With This Book
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On this day in… 1791: Michael Faraday –the person who discovered electromagnetism,– is born 1989: The first “Baywatch”, starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson airs on NBC 2015: The debut book by Wine Folly, aptly named Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is released Wine Folly Now in S... .. read more..

“Legacy of Jackass Hill” Takes Top Prize in 2015 Wine Spectator Video Contest...
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wine people and their stories is the winning combination for video-making couple more Related Posts: Forgotten Grape Gains Fame in 2014 Wine Spectator Video… Video: The Wines of Chile Video: Wines of Northern Italy Video: The Wines of Chile, Part 2 Video: Wines of Central Italy .. read more..

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