California
Ridge Vineyard's Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyard’s Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyards is one of California’s greatest treasures, and one of the reasons that I became enchanted by wine.  And while they are known for their impressive range of Zinfandel’s, and most of all for their Monte Bello Cabernet Savignon, they also have some great bottlings of some other well known and less so well...
La Clarine Farm Mourvedre:  Real Deal California Strikes Again

La Clarine Farm Mourvedre: Real Deal California Strikes Again

La Clarine Farm 2009 Mourvedre ~ $22.99 After being wowed by the La Clarine Farm 2009 Home Vineyard blend I was chomping at the bit to try their 2009 Mourvedre. The wine is different from the Home Vineyard, which is a blend. This baby is all Mourvedre and has less tannic structure, but the Tannat...
Ridge Vineyard's Paul Draper on “Pre-Industrial Winemaking”

Ridge Vineyard’s Paul Draper on “Pre-Industrial Winemaking”

Before I knew anything about wine other than I liked it, I found Ridge Vineyards.  When I first tried Ridge, I fell in love with wine.  It tasted different from other wines, and I knew that my life would be forever changed.  It is what wine lovers refer to as an epiphany wine, for me. ...
La Clarine Farm:  Real Deal California

La Clarine Farm: Real Deal California

Usually I don’t like it when someone who is trying to sell me something gets pushy.  But when it comes to wine and Christy Frank of Frankly Wines gets pushy and tells me I must buy something, I actually listen.  She had recommended La Clarine Farm to me before and insisted I buy a bottle. ...
Jenny & Francois Natural Wine Festival @ Astor Wines

Jenny & Francois Natural Wine Festival @ Astor Wines

I am sure the word “Natural Wine” might frighten a lot of people.  Probably because who knows what that term really means.  It can mean organic, bio dynamic, low intervention, no intervention, no sulphur, or maybe a combination of any of these things plus God know what else. There were 15 producers in all pouring...
"The absence of defects is not the presence of virtues."

“The absence of defects is not the presence of virtues.”

Click on the image to see a fantastic interview with Sean Thackrey!
Ridge Vineyards Wine Tasting @ Union Square Wines

Ridge Vineyards Wine Tasting @ Union Square Wines

I barely made it onto the list for a tasting of wines from one of my all time favorite wineries, Ridge Vineyards.  It virtually sold out immediately and I went on the waiting list and got lucky enough to score a couple of seats.  Winemaker Eric Baugher was on hand to discuss Ridge and walk...
4th of July Wines

4th of July Wines

We spent the 4th of July weekend down in Georgia at my parent’s house on beautiful Lake Okonee.  It was not quite as hot as NYC and we had some great food and tried a bunch of different wines from my parents wine cellar, aka, the basement.  I will review the three reds pictured here,...
Edmunds St. John Wine Dinner

Edmunds St. John Wine Dinner

Edmunds St. John Winery, in conjunction with Chambers Street Wines, held a wine dinner at Belcourt restaurant this past Thursday.  The dinner proved to be a lot of fun as I was joined by several close friends as well as some new friends we made that night.  And as my good friend Bailey said that...
"Magnum" Opus - Roast Suckling Pig Dinner @ The Breslin

“Magnum” Opus – Roast Suckling Pig Dinner @ The Breslin

So once again I had the pleasure of attending another great wine dinner thrown by master bespoke tailor Duncan Quinn and Justin Christoph of the Acker Merrall and AC Reisling fame.  We dined at The Breslin at the Ace Hotel here in Manhattan.  The center piece of the evening was an entire roast suckling pig...