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Must Try Wine of the Week: Edi Simcic 2010 Malvazija, Goriska Brda, Slovenia

As Monty Python would say, “and now for something completely different.” As with most European wine regions, the vineyards in Slovenia go back to Roman times. And, in fact, grapes were planted in Slovenia before either France, Germany, or Spain. Read more...

Matches Made in Heaven, Dessert Edition

In Tuesday’s blog, I discussed matching wines with difficult-to-pair vegetables such as asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and artichokes. I also offered suggestions for what to drink with sushi, and salty fare. Now let’s talk about the most important part of the meal—dessert. Read more...

Matches Made in Heaven

With our Friday “Must-Try Wine of the Week” posts, we give examples of what type of food pairs well with our suggested wines. But, as you may have discovered, some foods have an inherent quality that naturally fights wine, making for some difficult pairings. I’m talking asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and artichokes. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of Week: 2000 Kalin Cellars Livermore Valley Semillon

“No wine before its time” is the motto at Kalin Cellars, founded in 1977 in Marin County by microbiologists Dr. Terry Leighton and his spouse Dr. Frances Leighton. The Leightons believe that because of the style of their winemaking, the wines are not ready to drink for at least five years, and then some. Read more...

Hostage Wines

There’s a curious phenomenon in the California wine industry called “hostage” wines—limited production, highly desirable quaffs sold directly only to select devotees. They’re also called “cult wines” as in “furiously sought after” by wine lovers. Read more...

Cruising With Your Favorite Wineries

Theme wine cruises are very popular, and ones that feature winery owners and winemakers are especially alluring to aficionados. Here are three recommended cruises for 2015, and websites where you can research them and other such cruises. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: Domaine Prieur-Brunet 2009 Santenay-Maladiere 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

Often regarded as a bargain-hunter’s Burgundy, Santenay is the most southerly wine-producing commune in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy. La Maladiere is a Premier Cru vineyard in the Santenay appellation, and is located just north of the village of Santenay. The wines are usually lighter in color, deceiving one to think that it will also be lighter in flavor. Thankfully, this is not the case. Read more...

Provenance Restaurant: All the Familiar Labels Are There, But Where’s the Creativity and Relevance to the Cuisine?

Dining out is an adventure, and I always hope to find an unusual bottle on the wine list that’s both new to me and also compliments the cuisine. Provenance fails to meet my expectations in this regard. Read more...

Look to Your Local Upscale Grocer for Boutique Wines

Unfortunately, all the local Orange County supermarkets stock a very similar line of wines, most of it originating from California’s largest wineries, such as E.&J. Gallo, Bronco Wine Company, and Kendall-Jackson. This limits boutique wine options because the large wineries have the most distribution muscle in the marketplace. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of Week: 2012 Broadley Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Why seek out Oregon’s Willamette Valley pinot noir? The wines are considered the closest thing to Burgundy in North America, offering low-to-modest alcohol, juicy fruit flavors, and vivid acidity. This is not surprising, as the Willamette Valley is situated at the same longitude as Burgundy, and the growing season has many similarities. Read more...

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