Category: Reviews

Wine Review: Chalone Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

I'm usually not one to buy a Sauvignon Blanc -- not a big fan of the grassy, pipi du chat flavor. So I'm not quite sure from where the 2008 Chalone Vineyard Monterey County Sauvignon Blanc came. Perhaps it ...

It Takes a Village to raise a Winemaker

We met Morgan Twain-Peterson at last October's Wine Bloggers Conference. At Kick Ranch Vineyard, Dick Keenan had invited bloggers to sample wines by some of the wineries using his grapes. When we started the tasting line, I was more interested in ...

Objectivity and Fairness

"For the bitterest pill is hard to swallow The love I gave hangs in sad coloured, mocking shadows The bitterest pill is mine to take If I took it for a hundred years, I couldn't feel any more ill" -The Jam The Bitterest Pill It ...

Anaba Coriol Red Blend: Wine Spectator 90 pts

We originally posted this review in February, but were happy to learn that Wine Spectator has given the 2006 Anaba Coriol Red Blend a rating of 90 points! Firm and concentrated, with a mix of spicy cola, herb, dark berry fruit, ...

Chelsea Wine Bar Gets Twisted (Oak)!

I've been home for the past week recovering from a little surgery.  My doctor is so cool, that she gave me  the "O.K." to drink wine post-op (as in taste -- not go nuts!). After sitting in the house for a ...

Pirates, Rubber Chickens and Spaniards, Oh My!

At last year's inaugural North American Wine Blogger Conference we had a little event called "Live Blogging" which was a little like speed dating. But instead of sitting in front of a potential significant other and asking some superficial questions, we ...

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 ...

Click your Heels 3 Times if you’re “Wild at Heart”

It's the Wizard of Oz for Grownups Love me tender, Love me true, All my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin' I love you, And I always will. ~ Elvis, Love Me Tender While I was playing on Facebook slaving away at the office, Joe was cooking ...

2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah

I love Petite Sirah. It is big, fruity, powerful and typically delicious. The 2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah lives up to that introduction quite well. It is loaded with huge flavors and aromas. If you limit ...

Wine Country Travel: The Inn at Occidental

Every year since Joe first saw the episode about Sonoma Barrel Tasting on the Travel Channel, he's wanted to go to  the festivities. But Barrel Tasting also coincides with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where I am a committee ...