Domaines Paul Mas: A Passion for Everyday Luxury #WineStudio

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to participate in the #WineStudio June Rosé program (see below for more information) featuring three Rosés from Domaines Paul Mas.  The virtual tasting included one sparking wine and two still wines.  The Rise Of Rosé in the U.S. Anecdotally, I was aware of the rise in popularity of Rosé…

Wine of the Day: 2015 St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weiss Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling

…On the palate it leans toward medium-bodied, and off-dry with mouth-watering acidity. It’s impeccably balanced with peach, key lime, apricot, honey and a hint of lemongrass   Grapes for this wine were sourced from  the “Alte Reben”, a special 22-acre parcel of very old vines (“Alte Reben” in German that are part of the Schlangengraben…

Wine of the Day: 1970 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Rioja Crianza Bordón

Last weekend we celebrated a friend’s milestone birthday at Boulevard in San Francisco.  We dined the “Wine Vault”, a wine inspired semi-private room with a brick lined ceiling that brings to mind dining  in an underground cellar in France.  As the evening was winding down,  our gracious (and generous) hosts asked if we wanted anything…

Paying Tribute to Wente Vineyards- California’s First Family of Chardonnay #ChardonnayDay

The Livermore Valley is the wine region that is closest to my home.  It’s only 30 minutes away.  Given its proximity to where I live,  one might think I would be a frequent visitor.  But for various reasons that hasn’t been the case.  But when I do visit the Livermore Valley,  I always consider a visit…

Back To Back White Burgundy; Chablis vs Côte de Beaune #Winophiles

This month (and next!) the French Winophiles will be taking a virtual tour of Burgundy, the birthplace of two of the world’s most revered grapes – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!  For May , I’m focusing on Chablis and Côte de Beaune .  I’ve chosen to focus on white Burgundy, which for the uninitiated are wines crafted…

A Taste of Albariño from Rías Baixas #RiasBaixas #Albarino

A few weeks back, I was sent ten bottles of Albariño from the Rías Baixas in preparation for a virtual tasting organized and moderated by Snooth last week.  While I was delighted to receive the wines, my thoughts quickly turned what I’m I going to do with 10 virtually full bottles of Albariño after the tasting? Clearly,…

Wine of the Day; 2012 Acorn Syrah Axiom Alegría Vineyards

A harmonious, food friendly wine that’s flat-out delicious! This wine is a field blend of 98% Syrah (3 clones) and 2% Viognier.  The wine was aged 16 months in a combination of French, American, Hungarian, and European barrels carefully selected to add structure and notes of vanilla and spice, while enhancing the spicy berry flavors…

A Taste of Lodi’s Sustainability and Diversity #EarthDay #LodiWine

Earlier this month, in honor of Earth Day, I took part in a Facebook Live tasting of wines certified by Lodi Rules™ for Sustainable Winegrowing Program.  It was part of the broader April is California Wines: Down to Earth Month, an initiative to promote earth-friendly California wines made with sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices. The objective of…