Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Wine Estate Invitation That You Can't Refuse

Francis Ford Coppola perhaps will always be best known for
bringing the story of “The Godfather” to life on the silver
screen.

But winemaking has been a Coppola family
tradition for several generations.

Agostino Coppola,
Francis Coppola’s grandfather, used to make wine in the basement of his
New York apartment building, using concrete vats that he constructed
himself.

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

A Fond Farewell to Mike Lee

For the last six years, Mike Lee had been making wine for
Patianna Organic Vineyards in Mendocino County.

For
Lee, the job was a case of going back to his roots. He had started out
as a “small winemaker,” but his skills in the cellar seemed to dictate
growth.

That was the story of his tenure at Kenwood
Vineyards…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Heading South in Search of Grapevines

Do you know where the southernmost wine region in the world
is?

Hint: It’s not in South
America.

Give up?

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

A Fun Dessert for the Holiday Weekend

Looking for a fun and unusual dessert to serve at your Memorial
Day weekend barbecue or backyard picnic?

Karen
MacNeil, author of the best-selling book, “The Wine Bible,” suggests
Weinsuppe, which she describes as “a sweet soup made by adding sugar and
aromatics to red or white wine.”

And she suggests
serving it with cookies.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Long Beach Gets a "Be Seen" Wine Bar

It has been a long time since the Southern California city of
Long Beach had a place for people to see and be
seen.

A “be seen scene” requires a cool atmosphere, a
good location and, of course, good wine.

The Wine Down
Lounge
has it all.

Posted in Wine Buzz

Set Sail for a Weekend of Wine Tasting

Have you made plans for the long Memorial Day
weekend?

If not, and particularly if you live in the
Midwest, consider attending the 5th annual Music and International Wine and Beer
Festival at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
in northern Illinois.

The event runs this Saturday from 11 a.m. to
11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Wine Touring in Monterey? There's an App for That!

The Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association has
introduced a nimble smartphone app that acts like a personal tour guide
in Monterey Wine Country, providing maps, directions, profiles and
details on Monterey vineyards, wineries and tasting
rooms.

The Monterey Wine Country app will cull
information from the MCVGA’s online “Find Your Favorite” database…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

"Wine Country" Comes to Chicago's Loop

Downtown Chicago’s cultural scene, already among the most
diverse and vibrant in the country, will become even more so late this
year when New York concert promoter Michael Dorf brings City
Winery
to town.

Juice will be shipped from
such revered West Coast appellations as Napa Valley, Sonoma County,
Santa Barbara County and Oregon’s Willamette Valley, fermented on-site
and served on-site.

Posted in Wine Buzz

It's Okay to Be Experienced

In the world of journalism, there are numerous topics that
accommodate critiques by presumed experts on the given
subject.

Examples: movies, plays, books, TV programs
and restaurants. And, of course, there’s plenty of “wine reviewing”
going on.

It’s pretty difficult to get a wine review
“wrong” because virtually every palate is different, and wine is
perceived differently by different people. Ultimately, a wine review
typically is just one person’s opinion.

Posted in Editor's Journal

An Environmental Offer You Can't Refuse

For more than 30 years, Francis Ford Coppola Winery–named for
the iconic director who brought us “The Godfather”–has been committed
to environmentally responsible business practices.

All
24 planted acres are sustainably farmed and part of the California
Sustainable Winegrowing Program, and the winery purchases fruit only
from growers who farm sustainably.

As part of the
CSWP, Coppola has become a learning-teaching vineyard…

Posted in Wine and the Environment
Members-only Wine sampler specials delivered straight to your inbox via our Cyber Circle newsletter.