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30 Second Wine Advisor: 90 points? What's the point?

Date: Sat, Sep 12, 2009 Wine Tasting

Call me an exception to the rule that high scores sell wine, but I've never been an enthusiastic, er, advocate for rating wine by the numbers.

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WebWineMan: Big Bottle Best Buys!

Date: Sat, Sep 12, 2009 Wine Tasting

Richard Fadeley has been sneaking around in the "big bottle section" and has found some surprisingly enjoyable wine at prices that will work with almost any budget.

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30 Second Wine Advisor: No Sulfites? Well, not many

Date: Fri, Sep 4, 2009 Wine Tasting

The scary sulfite warning label prompts reactions that range from wary to hysterical among some wine consumers. We taste an Organic No Sulfites California red.

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Vino 101: Harnessing Your Enthusiasm

Date: Fri, Sep 4, 2009 Wine Tasting

Ever had a wine server tell you all about the soil, the aging (both years and barrels), the history, the rating scores and the winemaker's resume. Too much information?

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30 Second Wine Advisor: Another year, another Hugh Johnson pocket book

Date: Sat, Aug 29, 2009 Wine Tasting

The 33rd annual edition of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book arrived in my mailbox the other day, and it will still fit in a pocket.

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Vino e Cucina d'Italia: A White Wine and Winery Worth Noting

Date: Sat, Aug 29, 2009 Wine Tasting

Neil Duarte introduces us to a most impressive white wine made from the ancient Timorasso grape in the vineyards of Walter Massa.

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30 Second Wine Advisor: An odd but slurpy Chardonnay

Date: Mon, Aug 17, 2009 Wine Tasting

Cheap Chardonnay - even from France - too often comes up short on flavor, length and character. I said "often." I didn't say "always."

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30 Second Wine Advisor: Chateau Plastique?

Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2009 Wine Tasting

Here comes the 1-liter plastic wine bottle, a packaging format similar to the familiar big bottles used for Coke and other soft drinks.

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Vino 101: Breaking All the Stereotypes

Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2009 Wine Tasting

White wine with fish? Let your wine breathe? When you adhere to stereotypes about wine, you're just limiting your options.

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Schaefer on Wine: Doug Margerum has left the building

Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2009 Wine Tasting

In Santa Barbara County, Doug Margerum is nearly legendary. His wine shop and restaurant, Wine Cask, was ground zero for the emerging Santa Barbara County wine culture. But all that is now gone.

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30 Second Wine Advisor: Trade tasting season!

Date: Fri, Jul 31, 2009 Wine Tasting

As July ends, the annual pace of trade tastings begins to pick up again, as wine distributors take to the road with a few wine makers in tow, scheduling tastings for the wine trade in most larger cities.

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Vino e Cucina d'Italia: The Good Wines (and Food!) of Northeast Italy

Date: Fri, Jul 31, 2009 Wine Tasting

Most aficionados of Italian wine are familiar with the offerings of Tuscany and Piedmont. Not as many know the excellent wines - and food - produced in Friuli and the Veneto.

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30 Second Wine Advisor: Organic labeling clarified ... or not?

Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2009 Wine Tasting

New rules governing organic wine labeling in the U.S. took effect last month. The rule changes were intended to "clarify" the contents of organic labels for consumers. Clarify? Let's see ...

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WebWineMan: Spain does Sparking

Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2009 Wine Tasting

Cava is Spain’s answer to France’s famous bubbly - at a fraction of the price.

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