It’s Always Time To Visit Robert Sinskey Vineyards

I stopped in last week at one of my favorite Napa tasting rooms, Robert Sinskey Vineyards. Since moving to California almost seventeen years ago, I’ve come to know many fine wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Sinskey was the first, and remains a favorite. A review of my time there can be found at the American Winery […]

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Take A Look At Larkmead

Last week I drove up to the northern end of the Napa Valley, just south of Calistoga, and paid a visit to the folks at Larkmead. A review of my time there can be found at the American Winery Guide’s website. Enjoy!

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There’s A New Guide In Town

I recently signed on to provide reviews of wineries in Northern California for the American Winery Guide. This site aims to do for the entire nation what I was hoping to do for wineries east of San Francisco, before that app idea died due to lack of interest on the part of said wineries. Anyway, […]

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Wine Education — There’s Work To Be Done

A café in Paris. Four American women fresh from a day of touring, eager for a well-deserved glass of wine, peruse the carte du vin. “There are quite a few wines here I’ve never even heard of.” “Well, there are a couple of merlots.” “Yes, but I don’t think merlot means the same here as […]

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**UPDATE** Tasting Notes

Latest entries include offerings at various price points from the Finger Lakes, Napa Valley, Burgundy, the Southern Rhone, Washington State, and Corsica. Cheers! WHITE 9/26/12 2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Columbia Valley (11% abv., $9, Safeway): Moderately off-dry with a residual sugar of 2.23 g/100ml, this simple riesling is a blend of grapes from throughout […]

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**UPDATE** Tasting Notes

Latest entries include two superb New York State rieslings, a beautiful rosé from the south of France, and four special reds from Italy, California, and the Basque Country. Cheers! WHITE 7/10/12  2009 Ravines Dry Riesling Argetsinger Vineyard, Finger Lakes (12.5% abv., $29.95, Empire Wines NYS): A pale green-gold wine with a clean nose filled with mint, apples, […]

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2010 Chimney Rock Rosé of Cabernet Franc

PINK 4/28/12  2010 Chimney Rock Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Stags Leap, Napa Valley (14.2% abv., $19, Chimney Rock winery): A bright cherry color, almost like Kool-Aid, this rosé smells of strawberries and flowers, with hints of roses coming through; on the palate  dried fruit and earth tones dominate. This wine is  a bit on the […]

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Houston, We Have A Problem, part 1

During the past several months of working in a Napa Valley tasting room, I’ve learned many things about what makes or breaks the wine-tasting experience. Most of the guests I’ve had the pleasure of serving have been friendly, interesting people from around the globe and from all walks of life. Those having the most fun […]

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