Monthly Archives: August 2012

What You Should Know About “Tannic” Wines

Wine terminology can be confusing. Case in point: Champagne labeled “extra dry” actually is quite sweet. No wonder we get so many questions about it. So I thought it might be a good idea to close out this week by answering one of the more common v…

Posted in Wine FAQ

Vino Meets Velo in Napa Valley

I have to be honest: I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of riding a bike around “wine country.” The combination of winding country roads with numerous blind spots, and drivers who have been imbibing at the tasting rooms, just seems like a r…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Bern’s Is the Hot Ticket in Tampa

Watching the Republican National Convention on TV this week served as a reminder that it has been a long time—far too long—since I have had a meal at Bern’s Steak house. Bern’s has been a Tampa tradition since 1956. Many carnivores consider it the…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Give J an A for Environmental Stewardship

J Vineyards & Winery has achieved certified sustainable status through the California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance. The certification covers all vineyard and winery operations. As more and more wineries embrace environmentally-friendly farming…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Wining and Dining in Style in Carmel

Nestled in the heart of California’s seaside village of Carmel, where Mayor Clint Eastwood once was responsible for keeping the peace, is an historic inn with a must-visit restaurant. The Cypress Inn, combining Mediterranean grace with warm hospit…

Posted in Vinesse Style

Late Summer Reading of a Vinous Variety

Could cow horns, vortexes and the words of a prophet named Rudolf Steiner hold the key to producing the most alluring wines in the world—and to saving the planet? In “Voodoo Vintners,” writer Katherine Cole—to whom we introduced you in yesterday’s…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Spicy Ethnic Fare: The Wine Challenge

It is the age-old question among foodies: What type of wine should one serve with spicy ethnic fare? A handful of suggestions commonly are proffered—so much so that they have become “go-to” wines in many Indian, Korean, Vietnamese and Basque resta…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Secrets of Oregon’s Rogue Valley

Drive up America’s West Coast, and you’ll encounter one wine region after another…from Temecula to the California’s Central Coast, from the North Coast to southern Oregon, and from the Willamette Valley to Washington’s Columbia Valley. About hal…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Hoping for an “Uneventful” Harvest

Summer is still sweltering, but it won’t be long until another harvest season begins in “wine country” locales all across America. When a grape is picked is every bit as important as what the winemaker does with it back at the winery. In fact, mos…

Posted in Editor's Journal

The Non-Romantic Tale of Judd’s Hill Winery

Before his passing in 2010, Art Finkelstein had many conversations about the “romance” of wine—or, rather, the lack of romance. Finkelstein founded Judd’s Hill Winery in 1988 with wife Bunnie, and named it after their son. It’s located in the east…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction
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