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Robert Mondavi

This week Robert Mondavi died. Mondavi was very influential in the creation of America's wine industry as we know it today. His early success developing techniques for both wine making and marketing for American, and later global, tastes allowed him ...

Rules to Live (and Laugh) By

I was randomly surfing around the Web when I stumbled across a blog named "Drinkplanner.com" and a post entitled "The 10 Commandments For Drinking Like a Man" that amused the hell out of me. Despite the title most of these rules ...

America Ponders Brunello Ban

Since the Big Three, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and Eric Asimov, have all written about this, it MUST be HUGE news in the world of wine. Personally, while I have enjoyed it a time or two, I don't get the ...

Getting Value in Wine

I love finding great bottles of wine for as little money as possible. Duh! Here is a very good article with great tips on how to do just that. It has some information specific to the Bay Area, but a lot ...

Mother’s Day Blessings

Holidays are a time when we take stock of how we have been blessed in life. Today leads me to think about how I am blessed by having my own mother, the stepmother of my children, and her mother all ...

Learning to Taste

Everyone knows how to taste, right? It is one of the five senses that we are born with, so it stands to reason that there is not much to be learned. While it is true that tasting is something that ...

Ponzi Vineyards 2007 Arneis

Arneis is a grape that I was completely unfamiliar with until this single varietal from the Willamette Valley showed up on my doorstop courtesy of one of my favorite wine clubs. Arneis means "little rascal" in the Northern Italian dialect of ...

Random Thought

Don't you hate when the wine you are drinking really opens up when you are drinking the last glass of the bottle, leaving you to ponder how much better each glass could have been?

Green Beans with Bacon and Onions

This is one of the easiest sides to make, but always seems to impress. Not only does it work especially well as an accompaniment for BBQ and grilled food, which comes in handy this time of year, but it also ...

Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages 2001

For my money, Côtes du Rhône wines are some of the best values going. The better ones can deliver almost everything their much more expensive cousins do. The problem is that there are quite a few that do not deliver ...