Yearly Archives: 2008

Hmm… THAT'S an Interesting Aroma!

    John Cunin, owner of the Cypress Club in San Francisco, decided to have some fun, and put together a list of the “Top 10 Descriptors a Winemaker Hates to Hear.”

     Here is his list, presented Letterman countdown-style:…

Posted in Wine Wit

Assessing Your Wine Assessment

    “One of the most insidious myths in American wine culture is that a wine is good if you like it,” writes Karen MacNeil in her groundbreaking book, The Wine Bible.

     “Liking a wine has nothing to do with whether it is good. Liking a wine has to do with liking that wine, period.”

     MacNeil goes on to suggest that wine requires two assessments, one subjective and…

Posted in Wine in the Glass

Unexpected Finds in California's Butte County

    The beginning of specialty farms in California’s Butte County chronicles the development of California’s agricultural industry and its diversity of crops and progressive farmers.

     While county history is steeped with tales of immigrants searching for gold, it soon became apparent that the true wealth of the region is its farmland. Now, visitors can follow the Sierra Oro Farm Trail and visit farmers and grape growers who have changed how America eats and drinks.

     For many Americans in the mid-1800s and early-1900s, the first almonds, walnuts, olives, peaches, oranges or…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Updating a Holiday Classic

    Okay, it may be a bit of a stretch to place the “classic” label on a cheese ball.

     But when you make it with your favorite white wine, it does lend a touch of… class.

     And what better way to spend your time as you…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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