For at least two decards, it was thought that Plavac Mali was the ancestor, or Croatian counterpart of Zinfandel. Coincidentally, it is thought that Zinfandel arrived in California around 1852. And when, between 1890 and 1900 most of northern California's vineyards were destroyed by phylloxera, Zinfandel was among the survivors.
This is one of the reasons we at Another Wine Blog don't rate wines and very rarely tell you about the wines we don't like. We don't give points, or grades, or stars, or thumbs up or down. While we do pay attention to Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and Stephen Tanzer, we figure most other ratings are pretty subjective. And we figure you have enough numbers and letters to think about without our adding to the mix.
A little about Vinsanto On the island of Santorini they grow a small variety of grapes. Most of these have names that can be quite difficult for people like me to pronounce. Names like Xinomavro, Moschofilero, and Agiorghitiko do not exactly roll off of my tongue with ease. Then again, my native English has been known [...]
Words and pictures cannot begin to prepare you for the breathtaking beauty and authenticity of Santorini, its wines and its wineries. But I wanted to post picture from each of the wineries or tasting rooms to help share my experience.
Wine Conferences are often so packed with activities, there is no time to write about the wine! Can you imagine being invited to write about wine, but then having no time to do so?
Real Greek food is so much better than what most people think. Take a look at this photo gallery with descriptions of each dish, and an introduction to the cuisine of Santorini.
These photos fail to capture the spectacular beauty of Santorini, but they will give you some idea of what we have been seeing at every turn.
I seem to talk a lot about planes these days. Morning in Houston will soon fade into morning in Athens. Amy and I are hurling through the inky void on our way to the fabled island of Santorini.. The fact that we are traveling at 30,000 feet while maintaining a speed of almost 650 miles [...]
I've always thought that America The Beautiful should be our National Anthem. One, because it's much easier to sing. But primarily because it focuses on the beauty of the country, rather than the ugliness of war. Sure, it talks about freedom, and patriotism, and heroes; but the main focus is on the magnificence of its lands and the innate goodness of its people.
At the tasting we met a delightful couple, Don and Judy Phelps, owners of "Hard Row to Hoe" Vineyards. They poured a refreshing Sangiovese Dry Rosé. And Judy told me the story behind the name. Seems that back in the late 1930s, there was a brothel located at Point Lovely.
Having just lifted off from my connecting flight out of Denver that is returning me back to Houston from Seattle, I began to contemplate whether there were many things more needlessly gut-wrenching than a plane banking into a turn, while simultaneously encountering turbulence and dropping a bit. Then I recalled that part of the reason [...]
Recently I replaced my POS Blackberry with the new HTC Evo and I am loving it! While I took my trusty old Canon Sureshot with me, the only time it got used was when Amy’s battery was dead. The Evo has an 8 megapixel camera (one of two), and I used it for all of [...]
The Wine Bloggers Conference is beginning to wind down and is essentially over for us. We are packing up our things and will soon hop back on the WBC or Bust bus. It has been a lot of fun, but I think my liver will find a way to rip itself out of my body [...]
We’ve said before wine tasting can be hard work. After two days of tasting starting in Seattle, heading to Woodinville, back to Seattle, then making our way southeast, we are finally in Walla Walla, Washington. I’m drinking my first actual full glass of wine, sitting on a big comfy bed at Vine & Roses [...]