Monthly Archives: September 2011

An “Eco” Honor for Dry Creek Vineyard

A press release arrived in my email Wednesday that made my day. It made my day for two reasons: It dealt with a winery that Vinesse has featured numerous times in club and CyberCircle shipments through the years. It had to do with said winery bein…

Posted in Wine and the Environment, Wineries of Distinction

In Defense of “Big Fat Wine Lists”

David Lynch is a James Beard Award-winning sommelier, and in the September issue of Bon Appetit magazine, he writes what is, in effect, a eulogy for the massive restaurant wine list. You can read the entire column here, but in summary, Lynch conte…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Bellagio Showcases Great Art and Great Wine

We have a special section on this blog devoted to food and wine pairing. And we often write about the “connection” between wine and music. (Check out the “Editor’s Journal” archives for our recent countdown of the Top 10 Wines Songs of All-Time.) …

Posted in Wine Buzz

Exploring Livermore Valley Wine Country

Concannon Vineyard recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Petite Sirah as a varietal wine. Petite Sirah… a.k.a. P.S…. a.k.a. “Pets”… has been around a lot longer than that, of course. It’s just that it didn’t always go by that name, nor…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Family Values & Hard Work Are Alive and Well

In less than a decade, Dutton Estate Winery has emerged as one of the most dependable makers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in a region known for those varietals—Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. The estate is situated just outside the charming …

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

“Wines That Rock” at New Vegas Steakhouse

Wine is not mentioned in the name of the new steakhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The restaurant, which is located in the space formerly occupied by Rare 120, is called 35 Steaks + Martinis. You can view the menu here. Martinis…

Posted in Wine Buzz

The No. 1 Wine Song of All-Time

One of the things that makes wine so mystical and magical is its scarcity. Only so many bottles of a certain variety from a certain vintage by a certain winery are made, and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. This is true whether a million cases w…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Chile: A Wine Country That’s Red-Hot

A special section on Chile, distributed in last Friday’s USA Today, included this article on the country’s wine industry. If you don’t have time to check it out, here are a few bullet points… The country has 14 major wine-producing valleys, and …

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

It Looks Like Americans Prefer Happy Songs

The No. 2 song on the Vinesse list of the Top 10 Wine Songs of All-Time has a rather strange back story—strange, that is, until you consider that it happened in show biz, where anything can and probably will happen, given enough time. The original…

Posted in Editor's Journal

A Zin-Friendly Recipe from Mom’s Stash

It has been a while since we shared a favorite recipe here on Vinesse Today, so let’s right that wrong right now. I like to cook, but I don’t have a lot of time for it. So when people ask me what kind of dishes I especially enjoy preparing, my…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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