Monthly Archives: September 2008

Dry Creek Valley Harvest Report: Quality High, Yield Low

    The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley are about mid-way through the 2008 harvest. From all accounts, it has been a wild but ultimately rewarding ride through a challenging growing season.

     “We experienced the worst frost season in many decades and a very dry spring,” said Duff Bevill, past president of the WDCV and owner of Bevill Vineyard Management LLC.

     After the rains stopped in March, the ground warmed quickly and the vine shoots were branching out when the extended frosts hit in April, affecting many vineyards that had…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The Passing of a Winemaking Legend… and Mentor

    When your obituary appears in the New York Times, chances are you made some sort of impact during your lifetime.

     Mark Miller made a huge impact on winemaking in the Hudson River region of New  York. You can read about that in the Times’ obituary on Miller that appears below.

     He also made a big impact on me — in my decision to write about wine for a living, and in my understanding of the…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Basil Bliss… in Pesto and Burgers

   Remember when Simon and Garfunkel sang about “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”?

     Of course, you do. But we have one question regarding those famous lyrics: What about basil?

     After all, is there any food “condiment” more simple to make and yet more enjoyable than pesto? Simply combine…

Posted in Vinesse Style

10 Wines for Your Home Wine Rack

    Many of us don’t have room in our homes for big, temperature-controlled wine cabinets.

     Particularly among apartment or condo dwellers – or families that are downsizing their homes as their kids go off to college or get married – space can be at a premium.

     During the past year, we received countless emails and phone calls from members regarding what kind of wines they should have on hand when…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

Saving the Vineyards from Urban Sprawl

    Thirty miles east of San Francisco, the Livermore Valley appellation is within the larger Central Coast appellation.

     The Livermore Valley has an east-west orientation, making it unique among northern California winegrowing regions. It is 15 miles long (from east to west), 10 miles wide (from north to south), and surrounded by coastal range mountains and foothills.

     The east-west orientation of the valley allows the coastal fog and marine breezes to come in from the Pacific Ocean and the…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Between Sips of Wine, Enjoy a Game of Bocce

    When the pioneering families of Sonoma County winemaking wanted to unwind after a long day of pruning in the vineyards, many turned to bocce.

     These days, a number of wineries have constructed bocce courts for their customers to use. You’ll find them all over the county, but none more clustered than the five in the north county community of Healdsburg.

     Better still, these wineries take winemaking seriously. Bocce is the diversion; wine is…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

A Washington Wine Extravaganza

   Q: We enjoy being members of the wine club and so far we have enjoyed your choices. We also are officers in our local SLV Wine Club, which features wine tasting dinners four times per year for up to 112 participants. In our next event, we want to feature all wines from Washington state. We would appreciate suggestions for the various courses; 1. onion soup; 2. family-style salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, and rolls; 3. Alaskan king crab legs with drawn butter, served with Yukon gold potatoes with olive oil and garlic, and mixed vegetables; 4. baked apple. Any help you might be able to give will be appreciated…

Posted in Wine FAQ

Wining and Beachcombing in Southwest Michigan

    Wine country adventures and trips to the beach normally are mutually exclusive recreational diversions.

     But they don’t have to be in Southwest Michigan, which hugs the shore of Lake Michigan and is home to more than a dozen wineries. That means you can savor award-winning wines by day, soak in the scenery, and then enjoy a spectacular sunset (Mother Nature permitting, of course).

     There is no better place to experience a Lake Michigan sunset than the South Cliff Inn Bed & Breakfast, which is perched on a…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Ventura County Expands Wine Tasting Opportunities

    I’ve often said that “wine country” is where you find it.

     It’s not limited to California’s Napa Valley or France’s Bordeaux region, or Tuscany in Italy.

     “Wine country” is anyplace grapes are grown with the express purpose of making wine.

     And that includes our own backyard here at… cuisine, utilizing California’s local produce.


Posted in Editor's Journal

The Wine Country Lifestyle: Expensive

    The price of a residential piece of real estate may be falling, but you’d never know it out among the vines in California’s Napa Valley.

     The demand for Napa County vineyard land is strong, and the future looks even brighter, according to industry observers.

     David Freed is chairman of UCC Vineyards Group, a firm that specializes in vineyard property sales and owns vineyards from the Sacramento Delta to Santa Barbara. He told the St. Helena Star that he can look back at…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles
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