Monthly Archives: July 2011

It’s 2005 All Over Again: Wine Trumps Beer

I can remember that day in 2005 vividly. It was a day on which I felt vindicated for choosing wine as my adult beverage of choice. I’ve never been snobbish about wine, but there will always be people who make the “wine-and-snob” connection regardl…

Posted in The Wine Business

Pioneers of Santa Barbara’s Wine Culture

Pierre Lafond and Bruce McGuire are largely responsible for the “wine country” culture that exists in California’s Santa Barbara County today. They’re also largely responsible for my personal interest in dessert wines. More on that in a moment… …

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Sonoma Valley: A Special Place for Wine

California’s Sonoma Valley is one of those special places on Earth—a place where high-quality winegrapes can be grown and used for making high-quality wine. So what makes Sonoma Valley so special? It’s blessed with rich soil, ample sun, cool seaso…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Protecting Bottles and the Wine Inside Them

Would you pay $28 to protect a $10 bottle of wine that you’re hauling from one place to another? Probably not. Would you pay that much to protect a $100 bottle? Perhaps. $28 is the MSRP of VinniBag, a heavy plastic bag (requiring some inflating) d…

Posted in Wine Buzz

The Best Wine With a… Doughnut?!?

This isn’t Dunkin’ Donuts, or Krispy Kreme, or even your favorite local purveyor of that fried wonderfulness known as the doughnut. No, this is different. This is the Doughnut Vault, a recently opened shop in Chicago’s trendy River North neighborh…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Back to Basics

Matching wine with food is not rocket science. Those who treat it as such take all the fun out of drinking vino. That’s not to say that certain food-and-wine combinations aren’t better than others. It’s just that the pursuit of a so-called “perfec…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

In Search of Great Chardonnay

“It’s easy to make good Chardonnay in California. It’s not easy to make great Chardonnay.” So said Karen MacNeil, author of “The Wine Bible,” during opening remarks of a seminar that she moderated Friday at The Chardonnay Symposium, presented by t…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Let’s Cut to the Chase…and the Cheese

Admit it: You love cold pizza for breakfast. So why not just cut to the chase and start out with a cold pizza? This recipe matches beautifully with Merlot or Zinfandel…but probably not for breakfast. COLD PIZZA Ingredients 2 pkgs. crescent roll …

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Bubbly Bliss from an Unexpected Source

You don’t see much of it in the United States, but as the world becomes ever smaller, that could change. We speak of the sparkling wine of Slovenia, a bubbly concoction that’s made by more than 200 vintners. In France, it would be known as Champag…

Posted in Wine in the Glass

“Girl Power” in the Wine World

QUESTION: Can you tell us which California winery was the first to be owned by a woman? ANSWER: In Europe, there have been women in the wine business for centuries. It wasn’t common, but it wasn’t unheard of, either. In California, it’s believed t…

Posted in Wine FAQ
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