¡Olé! – Tasting through 50 years of Bodegas Faustino wines! 

One of the things that first drew me to the world of wine is the story that is told through the label on a wine bottle. There’s your classic old world label, weaving a story of the wine's origin and history. You have new world labels with their playful names and cartoonish images. Then there … Continue reading ¡Olé! – Tasting through 50 years of Bodegas Faustino wines! 

Carbonnade de Boeuf!

Over the years I've come to appreciate a well done slow cooked meal. There's just something about a warm, rich, & hearty meal on a chilly day that feels right. My normal goto for this type of dish is beef short ribs but I recently found myself with a package of stewing beef that I … Continue reading Carbonnade de Boeuf!

1976 Judgement of Paris, California vs. France…

On May 24, 1976, a selection of the some biggest names in French wine gathered at the InterContinental Hotel in Paris for an afternoon of wine tasting. The event was billed as a head to head blind tasting between some of the top producers in France and California. Journalists for all the major publications were invited … Continue reading 1976 Judgement of Paris, California vs. France…

2014 Underwood Pinot Noir – Oregon Value

If I was to ask you to name a Pinot Noir producing region, what comes to mind first? For most Pinot Noir fans, the most likely answer is Burgundy. And why not, its wines are considered to be among the world’s best, which however also puts them as some of the world’s most expensive wine. … Continue reading 2014 Underwood Pinot Noir – Oregon Value

New Review: Yangarra Estate Vineyard 2012 McLaren Vale Old Vine Grenache

I have a wine problem! I've fallen into a tendency lately to focus on only a few select wine regions when it comes to tasting, buying or drinking wine. When reviewing my tasting notes from the last couple of months I noticed this trend. A quick peek in the cellar confirmed my suspicion. Perhaps calling … Continue reading New Review: Yangarra Estate Vineyard 2012 McLaren Vale Old Vine Grenache

Traversing the Okanagan Valley: The Beginning

In 2011 my wife and I decided to take a trip out to Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, specifically the city of Kelowna. As part of that trip, we went on a wine tour. It was the first time I had ever been to a winery and I wasn't sure what to expect. Right away … Continue reading Traversing the Okanagan Valley: The Beginning