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Randall Graham .. Clown prince of winemaking

Randall Graham; his name may not be that well known to the general wine drinking public, but to Californian winemakers he ranks among the winemaking greats such a Robert Mondavi, Brother Timothy (Christian Brothers Winery) Carl Wente, Louis Martini and so many others...

An as it comes to pass each and every year at this time, the latest wine vintages are being released to the public. This does not mean that wines from 2013 or 2014 are on dealer’s shelves right now. There are many varieties, especially the reds that need some time to...

Left Coast Cellars A New Guy On The Block

Slowly, with stealth and with purpose the enemy advances, growing more powerful and popular with each day. We will admit that this is a strange beginning for a wine column; but it did get your attention. The culprits in this scenario are the winemakers of Oregon and...

Charles Heidsieck True French Champagne

We are now entering the season of celebration starting with Thanksgiving and ending with the New Years festivities. Celebrations call for sparkling wines and there is no sparkling more in line with celebrations than French Champagne. Just to clear the air a bit, there...

Miner Family Wines of Distinction

The war goes on in its full force and fury, as it has for centuries. Thank goodness that it is not a shooting war, but a war of opinions. The war is to determine who makes the better wines, the historical wine homeland of France or the modern upstart of California....

Mumm Napa

For centuries, France ruled the roost in the wine department and it was the French Champagnes that were the best known, most costly and sought after. So opulent were the wines that the czars and royalty of pre-revolution Russia ordered that Champagne sent to them...

Mondavi Private Selection

There are few certainties in life and even fewer in the wine industry. There is however one wine certainty that cannot be denied and that is the name Robert Mondavi will not be found on wine that is not worth more than its price whether it be the affordable Robert...

Pinot Noir’s From Around The World

OK, we are at it again with the Pinot Noirs. This time it is about Pinot Noir wines made in places other than France or the United States. We will try to pick out the different characteristics of the wines that identifies that they are not domestic and have individual...

Recently Released South African Wines

One of the really great things about wines is that there is always a fresh vintage available to sample. In the Northern Hemisphere, when the grapes are just beginning to flower and the previous year’s wines are quietly resting in casks, the Southern Hemisphere...

Spanish Rosé

There can be no question that wine tastes do change with the seasons. Red wines seem to dominate the winter months while the white wines are more popular during the hot summer months. That however leaves two seasons unaccounted for; Spring and Fall. Red wines do not...

Discover the Spanish Rosé Wines

There can be no question that wine tastes do change with the seasons. Red wines seem to dominate the winter months while the white wines are more popular during the hot summer months. That however leaves two seasons unaccounted for; Spring and Fall. Red wines do not...

More From South Africa

One of the really great things about wines is that there is always a fresh vintage available to sample. In the Northern Hemisphere, when the grapes are just beginning to flower and the previous year’s wines are quietly resting in casks, the Southern Hemisphere...

Wente Chardonnay … Resurrecting a Slipping Variety

One wine variety that has taken a terrific beating in the past few years has been the Chardonnay. For centuries, Chardonnay was the darling of the white wines however, in recent years, the variety fell from grace due to the plethora of cheap, undistinguished versions...

Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois

For centuries, the Bordeaux region of France has been renowned for its wines. That was true until the 1970’s when the upstart California wines made their international appearance and the French wines were very unceremoniously pushed aside in favor of our domestic...

Spanish Rosé’s New and Interesting

There can be no question that wine tastes do change with the seasons. Red wines seem to dominate the winter months while the white wines are more popular during the hot summer months. That however leaves two seasons unaccounted for; Spring and Fall. Red wines do not...

Trinity Oaks … Good Wines at Great Prices

Do we detect a trend here? Are consumers becoming bored or annoyed with the taste-alike high priced wines? Are Champagne taste buds competing with beer budgets? Cheer up wine lovers, there is a light on the horizon. It appears that affordable, better quality wines are...

Not Really A Dark Horse

Wine has become an integral part of the American dining experience now being enjoyed at many home meals and no longer the sole province of the restaurant experience. The real problem is that it can prove to be rather expensive. Wine prices, like almost everything in...

LoveBlock … ‘Nuf Said

Please, after you read this and before you sign off go to About Us there has been an update Did you ever do or say something to your significant other that put you in the dog house? If you are like most of us, the answer is a resounding YES. Well, for those of us who...