Author: topochinesvino

Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

We read an article recently in a reputable publication that proclaimed Zinfandel as California’s “heritage grape,” and went on to describe this grape varietal as “a quintessentially American phenomenon.  It’s zesty, rugged and loud, challenging to rear, a lover of barbecue.”  This characterization of Zinfandel is not uncommon and we have even heard more casual … Continue reading Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

Bordeaux Meets Croatia – Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée

Bordeaux Meets Croatia – Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée

For the past year we have been importing and selling a very unique Bordeaux-style wine from Croatia, produced by the Josić winery.  We were thrilled when we read a review of this wine on one of our favorite blogs:  Strong Coffee to Red Wine.  With permission, we are excerpting Rick Dean's evocative write-up on one … Continue reading Bordeaux Meets Croatia – Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée

Ten Best Wine Travel Bags

Ten Best Wine Travel Bags

We recently traveled to Portugal and Spain to look for new wines and wineries to import to the United States and offer in our web wine store.  We criss-crossed Iberia for 17 days, visiting a number of different wineries and sampling their offerings.  As always, we found some great wines and some, well, not-so-great wines.  … Continue reading Ten Best Wine Travel Bags

The best Albariño this side of Spain

The best Albariño this side of Spain

Most people associate Albariño - the grape or the wine - with Spain, and for good reason.  This white wine grape grows is indigenous to Spain (although some Portuguese argue that their "Alvarinho" is the original) and there are some truly fantastic wines that come from the wine regions in Galicia.  On our last trip … Continue reading The best Albariño this side of Spain

#NapaStrong. (Still) proud of my community.

#NapaStrong. (Still) proud of my community.

In October of 2017, Napa and Sonoma were ravaged by wildfires that destroyed nearly 8,500 homes as well as several wineries and other businesses.  Lives were lost and many communities thrown into upheaval.  The first week of the fires, I posted the article below about what it felt like to be living in the middle … Continue reading #NapaStrong. (Still) proud of my community.