After twelve years in San Francisco, the annual Pinot Noir Summit found its way to Reno, Nevada where the best pinot noir winemakers around the world came to dazzle wine lovers with their creations. It’s an amazing idea to bring together the fussiest of pinot producers, hold them in suspense for three months while judges taste through more than 500
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Once a small but booming industry around the turn of the century, El Dorado wine had essentially disappeared following prohibition and the end of the gold era. Growers re-discovered this region located at the ascent of the foothills in the 1970’s and El Dorado County is once again finding itself noted for it’s many wines.
Most wine lovers have probably never heard of the winery association known as the Rhone Rangers. We can assure you that it is not a renegade vigilante group aspiring to police the wine world. The Rhone Rangers is a consortium of American wineries producing wines made from the traditional grape varieties of France’s Rhone Valley.
Imagine having 35 glasses of wine placed in front of you, each labeled with a number waiting for you to decide whether it is worthy of an award. The only information you will be given is the grape variety and the vintage. Repeat this scenario three or four times a day for three days strait.
Our wine journey has been one of exploration as we continue to learn and experience new wines. Each new vintage brings something new and unique that will never be duplicated again. The excitement of constant new discoveries is the catalyst behind the column as we travel the world’s wine growing regions, sharing our experience with
With his short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” Mark Twain brought attention to this small region in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. A century and a half later, Calaveras County is celebrating its notoriety as one of California’s premium wine growing wine regions, now home to 41 wineries.Visiting the sleepy little
If you’re like most people, you are handed a nice leather bound restaurant wine list and panic begins to set in as you try to choose what to order. It is likely that everyone at the table shares the same fear and are quite content letting you shoulder this heavy burden. A few simple rules
Go ahead and admit it, you are one of those people who have a bottle or two of wine sitting on top of your refrigerator or tucked away in a closet waiting for the “right” time to open it! It is a common myth that all wine gets better with age when in reality, very
If you think that Austria is about Mozart, Strauss, the Sound of Music and Arnold Schwarzenegger you are missing out on one of wines best-kept secrets. Austria produces less than one percent of the worlds wine but most who taste it believe it to be some of the most interesting and exciting wine ever to