Quarantine Bottles Cont… (2)

Instead of overwhelming the previous post with the first batch of quarantine wines, I’ll continue detailing my self-isolated wine drinking in a separate post. Here are my tasting notes on the bottles of wine I enjoy while practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 (cont…). New bottles added!   Domaine Jean Dauvissat Pere…

Quarantine Life One Bottle at a Time

Practicing self-isolation during our global coronavirus pandemic does not mean that we will stay away from wine! On the contrary, this is a great opportunity to get INTO some new wines and try out some of the bottles we’ve been holding onto in our wine fridge. Here we go! Quarantine life one bottle at a…

Sleeper Sample: Sosie Cabernet Franc

What makes a wine catch my attention? That’s a great question. As a wine judge for the American Fine Wine Competition and others, it’s something that I look for every time I’m tasting a wine. I’m asking myself, “does this wine stand out?” To be quite honest, the usual answer is “no.” It’s true that…

Five Wines You Should Bring on the Houseboat During the Fall

Red wine lovers, rejoice! I have an article for you. Picture this: it’s about 50 degrees outside, the sun is shining, and you’re sitting comfortably in a living room floating down a wide river. Yes, you’re watching college football on a big-screen TV, and you look to the left out the window and see nothing…

California Wildfires: U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage to Victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2019) — U-Haul® is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box® container usage to residents affected by the ongoing wildfires in California. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in northern California, while many more are without electricity after utility providers shut off power lines…

On Coravin: The Voyage of Viognier in the U.S.

There are some grapes that you don’t see very often on wine lists, but when you get a great bottle of these varieties, it can take your night from “good” to “great.” One of these grapes is Viognier. I’m a big fan of this white Rhône variety that was nearly extinct about 50 years ago,…

You Won’t Need a Divorce to Enjoy this Alimony

Alimony doesn’t always have to be a dirty word. But if it is to you, consider finding a way to add a more positive association to it. How about attaching it to a bottle of wine from a Napa Valley producer who may have had some experience on the wrong end of a marriage?  Luckily,…

Wine Enthusiast Announces 40 Under 40 Tastemakers & a Friend Makes the List!

Yesterday, Wine Enthusiast announced online their 40 Under 40 Tastemakers for 2019, and I was proud to see a friend and Virginia winery CEO on the list. Kirk Wiles, CEO and Founder of Paradise Springs Winery located in Clifton, Virginia and now also in Santa Barbara, California is well-deserving of the recognition. The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under…