I have always been fascinated by the art of the blend. Recently, I got to try if for myself, at Conn Creek in Napa. It was an invaluable experience that taught me about wine from an angle I never thought I’d see first-hand. It is one thing to study blending from afar and talk about the science of […]
It’s hard to ignore the prominence of wine in the Bible. According to the ”Oxford Companion to Wine,” the vine is mentioned more than any other plant.
Wine is filled with aromas for you to interpret. That interpretation happens somewhere between your nose, your brain, and your olfactory system. You use this triangle to detect and recognize aromas in wine. But it’s this same system that allows you to detect flaws in wine. The rub is that you have to experience a wine fault […]
In these naturally-focused times, the idea of organic wine is sexy, and it’s no mystery why. Just the word “biodiversity” has a nice ring to it. But it’s not just a word. Practicing biodiversity in the vineyard means using nature’s own cycles and rhythms to promote growth. It means choosing natural options over synthetic or […]
Valentine’s Day is yet again upon us. In the restaurant industry, this is the big night. I can tell you after 10 years in the restaurant business that after the new year, things really slow down for the food world. Owners look forward to the craziness that Cupid’s Day brings to help their bottom line […]
2017 is rolling in fresh and clean. Like every new year, this one brings with it that powerful urge to be off with the old trends and on with the new. What will this year bring for the wine industry? A look back over some recent trends may give us an idea. The 1990s brought us […]
You may have heard the term ”natural wine” floating around. It’s not a new trend, though it seems to be getting more and more entrenched in mainstream wine-drinking culture. So we thought we’d break it down for you. Since the green movement of the late ’90s, we have gone through a few phases in wine. […]
A trend is ravaging American media. A series of hot takes purporting to take down the wine industry has been steadily carving out a niche on the internet, claiming that wine experts are a hoax and expensive wine is bogus. It started back in 2010 with a ”Freakonomics Radio” episode that had some surprising news […]
There is a new buzzword floating around in the world of wine lovers: “grower Champagne.” In order to explain what this refers to, let’s take a trip through the usual Champagne-making process. The majority of the Champagne you see on a wine shelf near you is made by what are called houses.