On Father's Day I took John to Bravas, a fantastic Spanish tapas restaurant just off the square in Healdsburg - a restaurant we have been dying to try. You should have seen the look on his face when he saw that EVERY SINGLE WINE on the menu was available by the glass, carafe (half-bottle size), … Continue reading 7.77 Acres and a Man. What the Frick?
I have standards. There, I said it. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, especially when it comes to wine. Over the years I have drawn lines that under no circumstances would I cross. I will not drink crappy wine just because that's all there is. So if I show up at your house … Continue reading Canned wine, meet wine snob
As we continue to taste our way across the wineries of Sonoma County, we have learned so much about the history of this fascinating wine region and the families that have helped it become one of the country's best sources for wine. Two learnings in particular stand out. First, the influence of Italian immigrants on … Continue reading This wine is bottled at the source
If you are even casually interested in wine, you have surely read articles or blog posts extolling the virtues (or highlighting the downsides) of "natural" wines. For every wine enthusiast that champions natural wine, there is a wine spectator that thinks it is undrinkable swill. For those of us that are lucky enough to live … Continue reading Natural wine: not just for hipster somms
Having tasted thousands of wines in dozens of wine regions across the globe, I have heard some really strange (my husband says “dumb”) questions. For example, upon hearing a wine server refer to the blackberry and blueberry flavor notes: “When do they add the berries to the wine?” The same question has been asked about the wide range … Continue reading There’s no Vitamin C in Orange Wine