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    Wine Dude

    A consumer, hobbyist, and collector, Eric has followed wine since the early 1980s. He is the owner and publisher of Grape-Nutz.com, a popular website devoted to wine travels and wine tasting reviews, and the editor and host of GrapeRadio.com, winner of two James Beard Awards for audio and video podcast shows. Eric is also a frequent contributor to many on-line wine forums, and has written several primers for new wine lovers on wine touring, wine storage, wine tasting, and wine label removal. Several of his vineyard photos have appeared in local and regional materials, as well the Wine Spectator.

 

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 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...

Wines That Don’t Get Enough Face Time

The wine world has seen some turmoil over the past few years. Rebelling against the current “bigger is better” style of wines, a number of vintners have embraced a “less is more” style, culminating in both a “natural wine” movement and the formation of “In Pursuit of Balance,” an organization my cohort Rusty Gaffney wrote about last week. There’s also been a “Balkanization” of California’s larger wine appellations, with some vintners forming splinter groups, ostensibly to better tell their smaller viticultural area’s story. And finally, in something of a surprise, foremost wine critic Robert Parker stepped down as head of his publication, The Wine Advocate. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: World's End 2010 “If Six Was Nine” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

Englishman Jonathan Maltus is a force to be reckoned with. He came to prominence during the garagiste (garage) movement, which grew up around the village of Saint Emilion during the 1990’s. The movement’s goals were in direct response to the traditional style of red Bordeaux wine, which is usually very tannic and requires a long period of aging in the bottle before drinking. Read more...

You Might Be a Wine Snob If …

There’s a duality to the term “wine snob.” For example, the term is normally used to describe someone with an undesirable elitism about wine. I doubt anyone would confess to being a wine snob. And yet at the same time, I suspect there are those who secretly admit to being “snobby about wine.” They may even find the term an endearing badge of honor. But, if the term has a negative connotation, how is it possible for someone to embrace it? Read more...

Must Try Wine of the Week: Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County 2012, Sonoma County, California

How long has it been since you’ve had a really good zin? Well, this week’s recommendation is a fabulous example of what people used to (and still can) love about zinfandel. Read more...

California Drought: How Vineyards Practice Water Conservation in Grape Growing

It’s been in the news on almost a daily basis: California is in the midst of a drought. According to classifications of the U.S. Drought Monitor website, the state’s wine-growing regions vary between D2 (“severe drought”) and D4 (“exceptional drought”). These designations mean that widespread crop or pasture losses are likely, water shortages will be common, and there will likely be water restrictions imposed to mitigate emergencies. Under these conditions, California’s winegrowers face an unprecedented shortage of water for their vines—and a direct threat to the state’s $22 billion wine industry. Read more...

What is High-End Wine?

If you think politics and religion can generate some opinions, try asking your fellow wine drinkers what they’re willing to spend on a bottle. Then ask whether they consider this amount “high-end” or not. Since everyone’s price threshold is different, you’re probably not going to get any consensus on the matter. Besides, how do you quantify a high-end wine when some lower-priced bottles can be every bit as good? Read more...

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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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