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Spring Brings a Harvest of Wine Events in Orange County

Many wine events coming up in Orange County are worth recommending. And many are charity-based, an additional incentive to sip and savor. Here are the most noteworthy: Read more...

Wine’s Dumb Phase

At any time after bottling, a wine (usually red) can slip into a “dumb phase” or “fall sleep.” In other words, it goes through some doldrums for various periods in which its aromas and flavors are muted. Since each wine is alive and different, this is an unpredictable phase, often dependent on the producer, the varietal, the vintage, and the bottling conditions. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of Week: 2011 Golan Heights YARDEN Galilee Israel Chardonnay

Wine plays an important role in Jewish holidays, especially the Passover Seder where all present must drink four cups of wine (or grape juice). Here are a few facts you might not know about kosher wines, plus my recommendation for a good kosher chardonnay. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: Beringer 2012 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley

We often assume a large-volume producer such as Beringer would be more focused on the quantity aspect of wine production. But remember what happens when we “assume.” A case in point is this 2012 Private Reserve Chardonnay. I’ll admit to being a bit skeptical before I tried it. I, too, assumed that the sheer size of the Beringer operation might prevent it from really dialing in an artisanal-styled wine. I was wrong. Read more...

Wine Recommendations—Where Do You Go?

Wine is a funny thing. What other consumable product do we agonize so much over each time we buy it? Will it be red or white? Cabernet or merlot? Chardonnay or sauvignon blanc? This brand or that brand? One bottle or two? Were that not enough, we’re fickle too! After finding something we like, we’re satisfied for a short period of time and then we’re off looking for something new. Read more...

Issues With Restaurant Wine Service

You’re out to dinner, enjoying a bottle of wine with spouse or friends. But your server’s attention becomes a matter of feast or famine—he either doesn’t notice when your glasses are empty, or he excessively and constantly tops them off. Either way, it’s annoying. But, you’re going to drink the wine anyway, right? So, what’s the problem? Read more...

Must-Try Wine of Week: Sokol-Blosser Winery Evolution American White Wine

Stanford University grads Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser had only a passing knowledge of farming and winemaking when in 1970 they joined the wave of Californians who pioneered the modern Oregon wine industry. Their travels in a 1968 VW Camper led them to a prune orchard 30 miles southwest of Portland. With a youthful innocence but a committed passion for pinot noir, they cleared the land and planted their first vines the following year. Read more...

Inaugural Lark Creek Winemaker Dinner a Triumph

As a wine writer, I attend many winemaker dinners each year in California and Oregon, but the inaugural one with DuMOL’s Andy Smith at Fashion Island’s Lark Creek Newport Beach March 27 was one of the most memorable. Winemaker events have always been a Lark Creek signature, and this private dining experience exceeded expectations. My only regret is that I didn’t win the magnum of DuMOL that was awarded by lottery to one lucky diner. Read more...

Daily Deal Ecommerce (Flash) Sites Offer Deep Wine Discounts

Many domestic wineries have had wine surpluses in recent years, and this has led to closeouts or deals through so-called wine flash-sale sites. The deals are offered for short periods and in limited quantities at average discounts of 32 to 50 percent. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: Duckhorn 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California

Easily one of the old-guard producers in Napa Valley, the Duckhorn label is familiar to nearly all of us. Co-founded in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent more than 30 years establishing itself as one of the premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. Read more...

Priscilla Mayfield on Food in Orange County

Wine Program Review

  • Seasons 52 Fresh Grill Offers Impressive Wine List

    I recently dined at Seasons 52 Fresh Grill in South Coast Plaza, and found the wine program to be exceptional, both for the scope of its extensive wine list, and it’s attentive wine service. It’s gratifying to see that the restaurant, which promotes a healthy diet and prides itself in seasonally inspired cooking with every item on the menu less than 475 calories, considers wine an important part of a wholesome lifestyle. Read More
 

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