The 2012 vintage in Sonoma and Napa was legendary – lauded by many a wine writer as well as those who really know, the winemakers. The red wines from 2012 are starting to hit the shelves and I wanted to find out the real deal on the hype. So I had a chat with Mark Beringer, a fifth generation winemaker at Artesa Winery in Sonoma’s Carneros region who has wine in his veins. I figured this guy would know the scoop.
Read more: Video: Winemaker Mark Beringer on why the 2012 vintage was stellar
Diggin’ on the video released by the Discover California Wines folks. It highlights all the incredible wine regions and locales I’ve been able to explore for the past ten years in the business. California is, indeed, magical…
Read more: September is California Wine Month: Watch the excellent video
Everywhere I go in northern California — and I do mean everywhere — I’m hearing about the marijuana-laced red wine that seems to be all the rage. I met a guy at a foodie party in San Francisco last weekend (where, incidentally, they were smoking pot across the patio) who has tried it. He said, somewhat dreamily, “It gives you just a nice, slight buzz.”
Read more: New California trend: Pot wine — two great tastes that taste great together?
Sexy, sultry, sensuous, luscious — ever wondered why these words are used to describe wine? Could it be that wine leads us down the road to romance? To desire? Wine certainly pairs with Valentine’s Day. But does romance have to rule the day on Valentine’s? What if this Hallmark holiday conjures up bitterness and resentment rather than romance? For the “singles” out there, it might be black and depressing. So I started wondering about how this day has become inextricably linked with romance.
Read more: Wines for Valentine’s Day: For romance, love or massacres?
Each year, it can be a struggle to find just the right gift… the right mixture between snarky and original yet useful. Frankly, if someone is into wine or food, gift selections are a bit less challenging and cheaper than an electronics nerd or car enthusiast but if you’re going on ten years with a foodie, the gadgets might have run out. Or have they? I wrote about 25 pretty cool, unique items last Christmas that you might want to check out, but here are five food and wine items new to the market.
Read more: Online holiday and Christmas shopping: Five great wine and food gifts
An update about what’s going on in the business of wine, HR 1161 and consumer wine choices, California grape harvest 2011, Ken Burn’s Prohibition documentary and how to get a job in the wine business.
Read more: Wine news, Prohibition documentary and California grape harvest 2011
Introducing Grape News Network, interviews and fun stuff from around California’s wine country. Scott (www.smilingtigervideo.com and @videosonoma on Twitter) and I had a few minutes to chat with Judy Jordan, president of J Vineyards and Winery, and new winemaker Melissa Stackhouse at the J Vineyards’ 25th anniversary party. Hear what they had to say about the winery’s past and future. Yes, our lives are glamorous and fabulous. Don’t be hatin’ on us.
Read more: Grape News Network: J Vineyards and Winery celebrates 25 years
Hilarious video, especially if you: 1) Have a dash of wine geek in you; 2) appreciate European wines; 3) think Robert Parker just might be the downfall of American wine. Warning: quite satirical and about 4 minutes long.
Read more: Wine video: Downfall of a cult (Napa) winery and Robert Parker
There are limited options of storing a half-drunk bottle of wine at the end of an evening (well, some people)…whose freshness might not make it ’til the next day. I’ve been using the Vacu Vin pump, a kitchen staple for many a wine lover, for countless years. It’s a gadget with a rubber stopper and pump that sucks the damaging oxygen from a half-full wine bottle. You can buy it on Amazon.com for about $12. But a new product called Wine Shield wants a sliver of that wine-saving love.
Read more: Keeping wine fresh after opening – Wine Shield versus Vacu Vin