Category: Rant

Unconventional Wine Regions

If grapes can be grown somewhere, it seems that there is always someone who will proclaim it the new hot wine region. Climate change is wreaking havoc on some traditional growing regions, while it simultaneously creates new ones in unexpected ...

Restaurant Review: Pope’s Pairings Protect Plonk

I think I was sitting in Toledo, avoiding study of some law-school related subject, when I first heard about Alice Waters' Chez Panisse. The concept of growing local, buying local, and serving healthy, organic dishes that actually taste good was ...

Can Red Wine Reduce Swine Flu Risk?

My mother is an alarmist. She’s always been that way.  Remember the children’s story (and movie) about Chicken Little?  “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” It could have been written about my mother.  Growing up this way made me ...

Another Wine Byte 10: For the Love of Parker?

Here is the tenth in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) Recently I was listening to a wine show podcast. One of ...

The Successful Wine Bar: No Pimpin’ Required

I like Kid Rock and I cannot lie You other ladies can’t deny That when the Kid starts singin' With his style and his pimpin’ It’s the only thing to satisfy… - with apologies to Sir Mix-A-Lot, and “Baby Got Back” I discovered Kid Rock ...

Break-Up Wine: Do You Own a Bottle of Spite?

My first visit to "Wine Country" was when I was dating a guy who lived in California. He was; to put it politely, extremely "frugal."  To be honest, he was a cheap-ass bastard. He had a problem with paying the ...

Why do I hate Sandra Lee so much?

Truth be told, I do not really hate Sandra Lee. She has never done me, or anyone I love, harm. For all I know she may be a perfectly wonderful person, someone who spends her every off camera waking hour ...

Customer Service: A Tale of Two Bartenders

While we were in San Francisco on our way to the Russian River Wine Road Barrel tasting, we stayed at the Hotel Triton, a funky little boutique hotel just on the edge of Chinatown.  Prior to having dinner with our ...

Another Wine Byte 7: You Say Meritage…

Here is the seventh in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) AWByte #7 - But it Rhymes with Heritage I was pouring ...

Please Don’t Spill Burgundy on My Brassiere

Next week we're flying to California for Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting (more about that later). First, we're stopping in San Francisco to meet up with some of our Wine Blogger friends. Then we're driving over to Murphys ...