I was recently invited to an exclusive industry event at Rombauer Vineyards on Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Among wine experts and casual wine drinkers alike, Rombauer is considered to be the quintessential producer of "California-style" Chardonnay. While "French-style" Chard is typically crisp, citrus-flavored, lighter colored, and more acidic, California Chardonnay has deeper golden color, … Continue reading Rombauer: Much more than buttery Chardonnay
Some travel is less intimidating than others. For instance, if we travel to other states in the U.S., this is generally not intimidating because the currency stays the same, everyone speaks the same language, no visa or passport is required, and most of the hotels and airlines are well-known to us. Traveling outside of the … Continue reading Travel to Croatia: Planning the itinerary
Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi produces wine exclusively from Spanish grape varietals.
In our recent inaugural visit to Lodi we had the good fortune to meet one of the most unusual characters in that emerging region: Markus Niggli. Come to think of it, he would be one of the most unusual characters in any wine region. A native of Switzerland, Markus has worked in vineyards and wineries around … Continue reading Great Wines of Lodi, Part II: Markus Wine Co.
At first blush, "acquiesce" would seem to be a peculiar choice for the name of a winery. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the verb "acquiesce" means: "accept something reluctantly but without protest." Sue Tipton is the owner and winemaker of Acquiesce Winery in Lodi, California, a wine region whose most commonly planted varietal is … Continue reading Great Lodi Wines, Part I: Acquiesce Winery