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Sangria is a Little Sweet, Very Hot, and Definitely Cool

Sangria was part of my life growing up, and I polished off many bottles of Spanada, one of a long line of fruit-wines blends introduced by E.&J. Gallo. It was first released in 1970, a time when the country’s palate was changing from dessert to table wines. I spent many evenings sipping Spanada over dinners with paramours. This inevitably led to romance, and I thanked Gallo many times for that. Read more...

Must Try Wine of the Week: Domaine de Reuilly 2013 Pinot Gris Rosé Reuilly, France

I have to give Kermit Lynch his due. As a retailer, distributor, and national importer he finds some really interesting and really nice wines to bring into the U.S. market. And, this particular Rosé is one of them. Read more...

Summer Wine Dinners

Two notable Orange County restaurants are featuring summer wine programs. Read more...

Beyond Cerveza: Vino is Now a Good Option at O.C.’s Top Mexican Restaurants

Many of today’s local Mexican restaurants are nothing like the ones baby boomers and gen-xers grew up with. Modern Mexican cuisine can be sophisticated and very wine friendly, and the wine lists from three notable Orange County restaurants reflect this compatibility. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: 2011 Wild Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Let’s be honest. Pinot noir is a prima donna, a fickle grape that won’t grow just anywhere, fitting for the phrase “grown on the edge.” It’s a fastidious mistress that likes maritime breezes to cool it off in the late afternoons, plenty of sun midday—but not too much heat, which can burn its delicate skin. It desires well-drained soils to keep its roots out of water, and impeccable grooming for, well, appearance’s sake. Read more...

New Wine Shipping Idea: 46Brix

Some wine producers do not have or use retail channels, preferring to sell directly to consumers. When ordering wine from these sources, the cost of shipping becomes a very important issue. Some wineries provide “free shipping.” Others charge by weight or number of bottles. Still others use a fulfillment company, and just add their service cost to your order. I usually tailor my wine orders to fit the best shipping prices for my needs. Where shipping prices are extravagant, I cut back on the number of bottles I order. Read more...

What’s in a Name: Malbec

We’re all accustomed to shopping for wines by their varietal name (chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, etc.). But how often do we consider the history or genealogy of the grapes that make these wines? Not often. This is a shame, because if grapes could talk, they’d have some fascinating stories to tell. Over the next few months, we’ll try to acquaint you with the grapes of some of your favorite varietals, as well as some lesser-known ones. Today, we’ll look at malbec. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: 2010 Domaine Durand “Les Coteaux,” Saint-Joseph, France

It’s no accident that most “old world” vineyards sprang up along the rivers of Europe. Aside from nourishment, rivers were the means for transporting the wines to other regions and countries. The Rhône River is one of the great waterways of Europe, beginning in Switzerland and running through the Rhône Valley of southeastern France to the Mediterranean Sea. Its viticultural areas are separated into the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône, with several appellations in each region. This week’s wine is from the Northern Rhône, from a commune named Saint Joseph (San Jo-SEFF), which has its own appellation, or A.O.C. Read more...

Wine and Flights—Not to Be Confused with Wine Flights

I arrived early for my flight from John Wayne Airport, and had some time to kill. So, after the usual smart phone emailing and texting, I decided to get my legs ready for a long flight by walking the length of the waiting area once or twice. As I approached Gate 12, there was a large vineyard mural on the concession just in front of me. Since I was going to a wine region (Cahors, France), I decided to take a picture of the mural and send it off to my friends, implying that I’d already arrived at my destination. Task finished, I walked a little further, only to discover the true purpose of the mural. John Wayne Airport has a wine bar called Vino Volo. Read more...

Bacigalupi Family Marks 50th Anniversary of Historic Chardonnay Planting

I had the opportunity to attend a momentous event in Healdsburg, Sonoma County recently. The Bacigalupi family celebrated the 1964 planting of chardonnay on their Goddard Ranch vineyard, now known as the Paris Tasting Block. Read more...

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