Monthly Archives: April 2012

Piccetti Zin and a Pick’s Burger

Where highways 101 and 128 meet in northern Sonoma County, you’ll find the town of Cloverdale—population: 8,618. Cloverdale is part of the Alexander Valley, home of Pick’s Drive-In and its red relish-topped hamburgers…the historic Gould-Shaw Hou…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Does the Shape of the Glass Really Matter?

As we noted in a recent blog, “The Shape of Thing to Come,” some Champagne houses are now recommending that their sparkling wines be served not in traditional flutes, but rather in white-wine glasses. That’s the word from glass-maker Georg Riedel,…

Posted in Wine in the Glass, Wine Tips

To Kalon Tunes

Each summer, Robert Mondavi Winery, one of the iconic estates in California’s Napa Valley, hosts a Summer Concert Series on the edge of the famed To Kalon Vineyard. Guests are invited to bring a picnic or enjoy a sit-down dinner prepared by Mondav…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Birthday Wishes…for Moi!

Today is my birthday. Exactly which birthday is none of your business. (Oops, did that sound harsh? Sorry…let me rephrase: Exactly which birthday is a closely guarded secret.) Feel free to sing the “Happy Birthday” song while you read this blog….

Posted in Editor's Journal

Armchair Traveling and Noshing

In yesterday’s blog, we talked about the big role that food plays in vacations. Since we’re eating out all the time, chances are good that at least a few of the meals we consume while on the road will be among the highlights of the trip. We also n…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Wining and Dining on Vacation

What do we talk about with friends when the subject turns to our most recent vacation? It depends on where we’ve been, of course, but the topics may include the gorgeous scenery, the serenity (if a tropical island) or breakneck pace of life (if a …

Posted in Editor's Journal

The Lowdown on Down Under Environmental Issues

Climate change and sustainability have become big issues in Australia, where the Australian Wine Research Institute is working to provide information and programs for grape growers and vintners. As an example, opportunities exist to add value to w…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Are You Ready for ‘Stacked’ Wine?

The “traditional” 750-ml. bottle is not the only way that wine is “packaged.” It’s just the most familiar container of the moment. Depending on the quality level one seeks, wine can be purchased in jugs, boxes, kegs and other types of containers. …

Posted in The Wine Business

Savoring Salmon and Pinot in Portland

No trip to Portland…or any part of Oregon, for that matter… is complete without at least one salmon dinner, accompanied by a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir. If you have just one night for a salmon excursion, there’s only one option: Jake’s Famous…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Region Profiles

Winemaking and the Oak Influence

Here is a statistic that may startle you: only 2 percent of all wine made ever spends time in wood barrels. That’s according to someone who should know: Francois Peltereau, president of Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage, a maker of oak barrels for wine…

Posted in In the Cellar
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