Monthly Archives: December 2010

I'll Drink to That: So Long to 2010

Can you believe it? Yet another year is about to come to an end.

Tonight, many of us will be asked to propose an appropriate toast as the seconds tick down to midnight.

There are two keys to a successful toast:

1. Being prepared. You want to be able to offer your words of wisdom and/or humor with natural ease. And as any actor would tell you, the key to acting natural is rehearsal. So, if you have trouble memorizing things, keep your toast short…

Posted in Wine Wit

It's Glogg Time Again

Throwing a party tomorrow night?

For a Scandinavian touch, consider whipping up a batch of Glogg to keep your guests warm and happy leading up to the midnight Champagne toast.

Marcus Samuelsson, author of “Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine,” offers this tasty recipe…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Wine Offers Endless Pasta-bilities

It should come as no surprise that Italy is the pasta capital of the world.

According to the IPO – that’s the International Pasta Organization, not the call that goes out when a company decides to “go public” – Italians consume, on average, 57 pounds of pasta per year.

That’s more than twice as much as any other country’s residents. Venezuela ranks second – a distant second – with average consumption of 27 pounds per person…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Make Your Wine Gift Even More Special

If you’re going to a New Year’s Eve party this Friday, a bottle of wine – whether sparkling, white, red or blush – makes a great gift.

Don’t worry about what kind. In the “real world,” if the hosts enjoy that particular type or style, they’ll likely put it away for their future enjoyment. If they don’t, they may open it up on the spot for your fellow party-goers to enjoy. They may even “re-gift” it. Rest assured, the bottle will be consumed by someone at some time; it won’t go to waste…

Posted in Vinesse Style

2 Perfect Days (and Nights) in Healdsburg

The charm and genuine down-to-earth personality of Healdsburg is inescapable. From the sounds of jazz and laughter at town square events, to the enticing aromas of five-star cuisine, to the country roads winding through rolling hills of world-acclaimed wine growing appellations, Healdsburg acts like a magnet for wine-loving visitors to Sonoma County.

Take a stroll around town, and you’ll discover the treasures and treats of small town individuality that make Healdsburg so special. World-class shopping. Renowned art and sculpture. Locally grown organic produce and artisanal breads, wines and cheeses. Independent bookstores. Treasure troves of antiquing…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Harvest Reports for the Holidays: Temecula and San Diego County

We conclude our series of reports on the California winegrape harvest with information from the far-southern part of the state…


Les Linkogle, owner of Briar Rose Winery, offers these comments:

“The 2010 vintage brought an outstanding growing season. The moist coastal breeze cooled the vines in the evening amid warm summer days…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Harvest Reports for the Holidays: Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and Monterey

Merry Christmas! All of us at Vinesse hope you are getting to spend some quality time with the ones you love today and thoughout the weekend… perhaps even with a glass or two of wine thrown in for good measure.

Since you’ve taken the time to check in with us today, we’ll offer some reading material by continuing our series of reports on the California winegrape harvest…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Harvest Reports for the Holidays: Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Madera

We continue our series of reports on the California winegrape harvest…


Bill Easton, winemaker and winegrower for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines, offers these comments from Gold Country:

“This has been a very strange, difficult, sometimes frustrating, and unusual year. Fortunately, most of the resulting wines have been made from grapes where very good flavors have developed…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Harvest Reports for the Holidays: Mendocino, Santa Cruz Mountains and Livermore Valley


David Brutocao, winemaker for Brutocao Cellars, offers this report:

“A cold, wet spring brought a late start to the growing season. Summer in Hopland was warm, but not as hot as normal. We did not experience anywhere near the amount of morning fog and cool temperatures as in other North Coast regions…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Harvest Reports for the Holidays: Napa and Sonoma


Here’s what Michael Weis, winemaker for Groth Vineyards & Winery, had to say about the 2010 harvest:

“This year we went from winter directly to fall with very little time for normal summer vineyard activities. 2010 was a cool year with several heat spikes that not only helped accelerate the maturation of slowly ripening clusters, but also desiccated unshaded fruit. It was a year for a great deal of work in the vineyard before, during and after veraison to be sure that only the best fruit reached the crush pad…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles
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