Category: wine pairing

There’s no Vitamin C in Orange Wine

There’s no Vitamin C in Orange Wine

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

A winery close enough to walk from home

A winery close enough to walk from home

They say life comes full circle and I am starting to believe that. When we first started coming to the Russian River area of Sonoma County 15 years ago, one of the very first wineries we visited was the appropriately named Russian River Vineyards. I would be lying if I said it was the wine … Continue reading A winery close enough to walk from home

Grateful for Great Wines at Gratus Vineyards

Grateful for Great Wines at Gratus Vineyards

We lived in Napa for nearly five years and did our best to visit wineries across all of the far-flung American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) that make up the larger Napa Valley AVA. Of course, we tasted on the valley floor at many wineries on Highway 29 . . . along Silverado Trail . . . … Continue reading Grateful for Great Wines at Gratus Vineyards

Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

It is hard to believe that it has only been one year since our inaugural visit to Lodi wine country. In that time, we have made several return trips and have added three Lodi wines to our web wine store: http://www.topochines.com. A couple of weeks ago, we decided that it was time to take advantage … Continue reading Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

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