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In Cain I Trust

by  |  17-06-2019

When writing about wine, everything digital is your best friend–right after a spittoon. A lightweight laptop, or in a pinch, the mobile, armed with either Google Keep for quick notes or Excel for longer tastings... more » When writing about wine, everything digital is your best friend–right after a... more »

Continuum: How the Mondavis pressed on

by  |  14-05-2018

One of the grandest of sagas that took place in Napa Valley during the 20th century was the split between the original Mondavi brothers of Robert and Peter. Many a wine drinker will know the... more » One of the grandest of sagas that took place in Napa Valley... more »
Mustard, Napa has it

Seeing the Napa Valley of now

by  |  26-03-2018

This past February, the impossible happened: I actually slept in Napa Valley. In fact, I slept seven nights and passed an entire week within the confines of these world-famous vineyards bracketed by the Mayacamas and... more » This past February, the impossible happened: I actually slept in Napa Valley.... more »

A Judgment of Paris-y kind of tasting

by  |  26-02-2018

The “Judgment of Paris” is one of those things that anyone the least bit tinged with wine will most likely never let go of. Big events in wine are often only big to wine people,... more » The “Judgment of Paris” is one of those things that anyone the... more »

Napa’s newest wine bar, Compline, opens

by  |  02-10-2017

It’s something like 15 years now since I was working full time for a Napa Valley winery and back then, I was lucky enough to based in San Francisco for most my work. I say... more » It’s something like 15 years now since I was working full time... more »

The last freakin’ article on the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris

by  |  12-07-2016

For anyone who follows wine news (and let’s be honest, that’s not a terribly large chunk of humanity) you’ll have seen countless articles about the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, the seminal wine... more » For anyone who follows wine news (and let’s be honest, that’s not... more »

Restoring Inglenook

by  |  30-04-2012

In what has become something of a rarity, the San Francisco Chronicle published a very lengthy, in depth, and well-written article about Francis Ford Coppola’s restoration of the Inglenook winery. While I’ve always liked Jon... more » In what has become something of a rarity, the San Francisco Chronicle... more »

The holiday bubble question

by  |  28-12-2011

Based upon the history of Champagne, one could argue that it is nothing more than the result of red wine attempting to be produced in the wrong climate and now drank because everyone wants to... more » Based upon the history of Champagne, one could argue that it is... more »

Catalan wine pioneer takes on Gobal Warming

by  |  22-12-2011

The Wall Street Journal’s Will Lyons published a short, but great interview with Miguel A. Torres the president and managing director of Bodega Torres. For those who aren’t familiar with it, this a Catalan winery... more » The Wall Street Journal’s Will Lyons published a short, but great interview... more »

Wine’s bitter finish

by  |  02-11-2011

One of winemaking’s ugly dark sides is how little is paid to the non-winemaker labor. You see it in California wineries with Mexicans, Croatian wineries with Bosnians, and as has been pointed out a bit... more » One of winemaking’s ugly dark sides is how little is paid to... more »