Science Meets Biodynamics at Troon Vineyard

Biodynamics and Science General Manager Craig Camp and owners Denise and Bryan White could see the potential at Troon Vineyard in the Applegate Valley in southwestern Oregon. In a career-long involvement with all aspects of wine, Craig had become convinced of the value of biodynamics to produce superior wines showing their place of origin. When … Continue reading

Comparing Washington and California Merlot over Dinner #MerlotMe

Does It Matter Where Your Merlot is Grown? When it comes to Merlot, my personal favorites are from the Right Bank in Bordeaux. During our annual October month-long  #MerlotMe celebration,  I sample a variety of Merlot wines from California and Washington (master post is here). Generalizations are always difficult as there are plenty of counter … Continue reading

Exploring the Toe of Italy’s Boot with Cirò Rosso #ItalianFWT

ItalianFWT Returns to Calabria This is our 2nd virtual trip to Calabria with the Italian Food, Wine and Travel Group. My first post with an introduction to the region is here. On this trip, I’m enjoying a key wine and a couple of foods typical of Calabria. While there are several DOC regions in Calabria, … Continue reading

Scare Up Some Tawny Porto for Halloween

Over 21 Halloween Fun October 31 is upon us, and many of us will be handing out candy to costumed kids in an American tradition. I don’t hear about many tricks, like soaped windows anymore, but why risk it? Whether you have kids yourself, or even if you just have a big bowl of candy … Continue reading

Riedel Performance Wine Glass Seminar

The Riedel Wine Glass Seminar The Riedel family has been in the glass business a long time, since 1678 to be exact. They have also been through many ups and downs, including losing everything during World War II. Still, they recovered and never lost their commitment to glass. In 1973 Georg Riedel introduced the Sommelier … Continue reading

New Wine Folly Magnum Edition

New Wine Folly Magnum Edition A new, expanded edition of the Wine Folly Wine Guide will be hitting the shelves on Sept. 25. Want to see what’s with the new expanded version?  Come and take a peek! Disclosure: Thanks to Avery Books, I received a pre-release sample copy of the Wine Folly Magnum Edition. All … Continue reading

Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay and Farro “Risotto”

Knudsen Vineyards – Dundee Hills Pioneers I think of Knudsen Vineyards as the oldest new winery in the Willamette Valley. Way back in 1971 Cal and Julia Lee Knudsen purchased a 200 acre ex-walnut orchard and they initially planted 30 acres of their land to a vineyard of pinot noir grapes. They formed a partnership … Continue reading

Forbidden Foods and Stinky Cahors #Winophiles

The French Winophiles Tackle Cahors September is a great time for our French Winophiles group to tackle Cahors, a wine region in the Sud de France. Cahors wines are big, bold, often rustic red wines based on the Malbec grape. They’re taylor made for the cooler days of autumn. Cruise down further in this post … Continue reading

Drink Port in the Summer? and PortWineClick!

Summer Ports and PortWineClick! My son, Peter, kids me about all the Ports I highlight on my blog. Living in France, Port is not in his day to day regimen. So of course, he kids me about renaming my blog because I’m neglecting French wines. I, on the other hand, love all sorts of sweet … Continue reading

Taking a Saber to Farmer Fizz #Winophiles

Having Some Fun With Grower Champagne This month, our group of French Winophiles are celebrating the recent ascension of Grower Champagne. I’ve covered Grower Champagnes several times, so today, we decided to have some fun with our bottle of Grower Champagne.  Let’s Saber! Saber That Bottle of Champagne Popping the cork on a bottle of … Continue reading

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