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Writers, Reviewers and Social Media

Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2009

There is an undertow reverberating through the wine blogosphere lately about the importance of the difference between wine reviewers and wine writers. I may have an opinion that illuminates a bit of the puzzle and defines the difference.  I would like to delineate the specific properties in the intellectual inventory of individuals that resemble that [...]

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Saveur Magazine Lists Enobytes as “Best of the Web”

Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2009

As seasoned home cooks await for magazines like Gourmet and Bon Appetite to hit the newstands, professionals and die-hard enthusiasts’ wait (like addicts) for the next Saveur to hit their desk (and for obvious reasons). Since 1994, the magazine continuously pushes the envelope to pack every issue with the passion and expression of cutting-edge innovations, [...]

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Vote for your favorite Comeback

Date: Mon, Oct 5, 2009

Last week we asked our readers to give us their best comebacks to some of the wackiest wine search terms. Selecting five finalists from a list of roughly sixty comebacks was a tough job so we decided to select nine and let you decide who reigns supreme! Which comeback deserves recognition as our Senior Enophile Comeback [...]

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September Monthly Wine Picks

Date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009

September 2009 Wine Picks 2006 Clif Bar Family "The Climber" Red Wine, North Coast, CA 2005 Chanson Pre et Fils Chardonnay, Burgundy, France 2007 Bodegas Olivares Monastrell, Jumilla, Murcia, Spain 2005 Domini de la Cartoixa Galena Priorat, Spain

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Funny Wine Search Terms: Give Us Your Comeback

Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2009

Here are some of the funniest key phrases folks Google while meandering their way through the internet to find wine sites: 1. does wine continue to ferment in your blood after you consume it 2. what do old chardonnays taste like because mine sucks 3. stupid ass new york wine laws 4. marie Antoinette wax molds breasts 5. wow! yes! [...]

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August 2009 Wine Picks

Date: Mon, Sep 14, 2009

August 2009 Wine Picks 2005 Château Peybonhomme-les Tours Red Blend, France 2008 Bodega Renacer Punto Final Malbec, Argentina 2006 Avanguardia Cristalo Rkatsiteli, Sierra Foothills, CA 2003 Domaine de Bonserine “La Sarrasine”,France

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10 Cool Things You Probably Don’t Know About Spanish Wine (but should)

Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2009

Spain…a place so diverse yet the first thing that comes to mind for most is the grand region of Rioja, followed by wines like Tempranillo, Cava or Albariño.  Dig in a little deeper and you’ll discover Spain has so much more to offer. So I’m going to let you in on ten little secrets — [...]

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Is it time for a winemaking intervention?

Date: Mon, Aug 31, 2009

For the forty years I have been involved with wine there has been one story on the fringe operating in the background never in the spotlight and always conversed about in hushed tones among serious enophiles, always there yet never spoken of and even as I begin to write this I feel I may have [...]

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Véraison in Oregon

Date: Mon, Aug 24, 2009

The weather has been perfect in the northern Willamette Valley despite the long heat wave encountered a few weeks back. Bud break was right on schedule and except for a few heavy hailstorms, the weather is cooperating quite nicely. Véraison is in full swing and with the way things are shaping up, it’s likely that harvest [...]

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July 2009 Wine Picks

Date: Wed, Aug 12, 2009

July 2009 Wine Picks 2006 Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse "Le Clos", France 2006 J. Rickards Brown Barn Vineyard Petite Sirah, CA [...]

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Wine Accessories: The Aerator Shoot Out

Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2009

The story: How do wine aerators hold up when compared to letting time do your aeration? Which ones work and how well do they work? The results really surprised us as well as a few unsuspecting participants in our research. We tested the devices in controlled tests as well as random tests. The random [...]

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2007 Persimmon Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Date: Sun, Aug 2, 2009

Just coming home from judging the California State Fair Home Winemaking Competition, I was reluctant about reviewing a wine from Georgia.  One thousand plus homemade wines were entered into the state fair competition so I had taken my taste buds to edge and survived and just off that regimen I grabbed this bottle from Persimmon Creek [...]

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Riesling (Once Again) Shines in Oregon

Date: Thu, Jul 30, 2009

I’m not much of a Harlequin romance writer when it comes to writing about wine, but every once in a while I find a story that captures the essence of a region’s past, which soundly shapes it’s future. Oregon’s roots to Riesling are comparable to a river shaped by the water for which it flows, [...]

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Dude, Where Did You Hide The Wine Cellar?

Date: Mon, Jul 20, 2009

They stole my idea. Well, no, not really, but sometimes I think someone planted a chip in my head years ago. A while back, I thought it would be cool to build a hideaway spiral cellar beneath my garage. It seems as though someone’s beat me to the punch with (drum roll, please) Spiral Cellar! The [...]

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