Sunday 15 April, 2012

Riedel Glassware: A Clear Difference

What’s in a glass? Some people, such as the wine shop that recently “tasted” wines for me in small Dixie cups, would assume not much. Others, like me, might recognize that a wine or cocktail will taste a little different in glass, crystal or plastic. Georg Riedel, on the other hand, will tell you that […]

Sunday 15 April, 2012

A Career High

My first, and hopefully not last, piece for Decanter magazine…

Sunday 15 April, 2012

Quelle Surprise: The 2011 SFIWC Winners & Vinturi

This week, The Tasting Panel Tour 2011 came to Los Angeles, so naturally I had to be there. Even as an Editor for the magazine, I don’t always get a chance to taste every single bottle that’s reviewed, or wins the affiliated San Francisco International Wine and Spirits Competitions, so even for me, the Tour […]

Sunday 15 April, 2012

Scotch Education

You can learn important things from a spirits ambassador. Especially if it’s Mitch Bechard, official US Ambassador for Glenfiddich (which is pronounced Glen-Fiddick, by the by) Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Scotchy Scotchy Scotch Scotch. For example, after running into Mitch on the Vegas Strip a few nights ago, and repairing to the Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier bar […]

Sunday 15 April, 2012

The Bliss of Chablis

Being that this Friday is National Oyster Day, it seemed like a good time to talk about what almost everyone considers the best wine for pairing with oysters, Chablis. I will admit, I’ve never been a big fan of Chablis. Part of that is probably because a huge amount of boring white wines from around […]

Sunday 15 April, 2012

Blood Into Wine: 90+ Cine Du Vin

I sat and stared at this DVD for several months before finally watching it, and even though I have no excuse, I know exactly why. The film is a documentary about Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan’s foray into winemaking, and while I have no prejudices against career changes (Kurt Russell is making interesting […]

Sunday 15 April, 2012

Dia De La Exprima!

… at least, that’s how I think you say it en Espanol. Cristina Callejo, of Bodegas Felix Callejo, just sent these pix of the crush starting yesterday at their winery in Ribera Del Duero, Spain (Burgos, to be more specific). “Extraordinary quality grapes!” says Cristina. No doubt. Ribera is one of my favorite wine regions […]