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Legal Moonshine from Sugarlands Shine

Legal Moonshine from Sugarlands Shine

Moonshine. The very word sparks images of bootleggers running illegal alcohol through the backwoods of Tennessee. Its story starts years ago. With the end of Prohibition (1920-1933) the anti-alcohol caucus in the Congress was still very strong. While they did give up...
Latest Reds From Robert Mondavi

Latest Reds From Robert Mondavi

There are names throughout history that will live forever, most great, some evil. The wine industry also has its great names that will never be forgotten such as Dom Perignon, Louis Pasture, Agoston Haraszthy, Gustave Niebaum and the latest addition to the list of...
The Numbers Game Comes to Wine

The Numbers Game Comes to Wine

And so it finally came to pass. After centuries of winemaking the producers seem to have run out of items or names to decorate the labels on their bottles. We have seen wines with labels that were beautiful, some were exciting, some were just plain stupid, some...

Cru Bourgeois … French Wines, With Love

Ever since Roman times, the Bordeaux region of France had been renowned for its wines. One of the major problems that Americans had with the French wines was that to really know what you were drinking you had to learn a dictionary full of lip twisting French terms and...

Vin Santo … A Style of Wine Older Than Old

What usually comes to mind when the Greek island of Santorini is mentioned; boom, big boom, humongous boom. Santorini was the site of the largest volcanic eruption to have ever occurred in recorded history. You probably didn’t catch it on the evening news because it...

Bonny Doon Vineyards and the Wit of Randall Graham

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...

Arnaldo Caprai Italian Wines of Character

There was a time that most Italian wines were considered inferior to what was coming out of France and California. Chianti was definitely “in” among the youth of this country but the serious wine enthusiasts avoided the other Italian wines as though they were infected...

Spilled Red Wine and How To Clean It Up

And so it happened, the inevitable, the dreaded. While moving some bottles of red wine, one dropped, broke open, and deposited its contents all over the carpet. We could not have been so fortunate as to have dropped it on a wooden or stone floor where the cleanup...

Wente Chardonnay 2015

There are two wines that whose merits and demerits have been praised, discussed, and argued over for centuries more than any other wines; Cabernet Savignon and Chardonnay. In recent years it has been the Chardonnay that has taken the brunt of the criticism because so...

Wine Glasses – A True Story

Wine glasses are an integral part of the wine experience. We spent many years scoffing at wine snobs with their special glasses but, in truth, we were wrong; very, very wrong. We began our journey into wine glassware with a simple but very dramatic test that we...

Wine in Boxes

Wines in boxes are showing up all over the place. Most often, the wines in boxes are the familiar dry varieties, but what about the people who enjoy wines with a bit or even a lot of sweetness. The answer to that question has come from Bota Box, a wine producer that...

Zinfandels 2016

Winston Churchill once called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. This appellation could also be applied to the Zinfandel grape. For many years this multifaceted grape‘s origin was debated about, argued over, and claimed by many nations. Some even...

About Wine Glassware

Wine glasses are an integral part of the wine experience. We spent many years scoffing at wine snobs with their special glasses but, in truth, we were wrong; very, very wrong. We began our journey into wine glassware with a simple but very dramatic test that we...

Loveblock New Zealand Wines

Valentines Day is rapidly approaching and with it the inevitable problem of what to get for the one you love. It does not taker too much guessing to figure out what we are going to recommend; but of course wine. Champagne or sparkling wines are the usual accompaniment...

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...

Dry Creek Vineyard 2014

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...

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...