De Trafford Winery

While we were in South Africa for a wedding in the Franschoek wine region we visited a vineyard called De Trafford. While I am not at all a wine expert, I know what I like - and we like almost … [more]

Keller Estate 2005 La Cruz Vineyard Chardonnay

KELLER ESTATE “La Cruz Vineyard” Sonoma Coast AVA Sonoma County 2005 Visual: Medium yellow Nose: I had to dig around a bit to get the aromas from this one. Once I did, I found a hint melon and … [more]

Gary Farrell 2005 Chardonnay - Russian River Selection

GARY FARRELL “Russian River Selection” Russian River AVA Sonoma County 2005 Visual: Gold-yellow Nose: Melon, pear, citrus and pineapple, complex earthy and minerally nuances. Mouth: Super silky, … [more]

2004 HdV Chardonnay

HDV Carneros AVA Napa County 2004 Visual: Crystal clear yellow-gold Nose: Bright notes of fresh ripe apples with a hint of light caramel, guava, tropical fruits, rocks and minerals, as well as a … [more]

Cakebread 2005 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

CAKEBREAD Napa Valley Napa Valley AVA Napa County 2003 Visual: Yellow-gold Nose: Butter, soft and easy oak up front, “guava & banana”, baked apple, creme brulee, and citrus notes. Mouth: The … [more]

Pessagno 2005 Chardonnay Lucia Highland

PESSAGNO “Lucia Highlands Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands AVA Monterey County 2005 Visual: Medium yellow Nose: There were hints of tropical fruit, perhaps mango, and pineapple, as well as apple, … [more]

2005 Domaine Alfred Estate Chardonnay

DOMAINE ALFRED Califa “Chamisal Vineyard” Edna Valley AVA San Luis Obispo County 2002 Visual: Rich gold-yellow Nose: Caramel and butterscotch dominates, but it’s nice and natural smelling … [more]

Babcock Grand Cuvee Chardonnay

Babcock Grand Cuvee Chardonnay Santa Barbara AVA Santa Barbara County 2006 Visual: Medium light yellow Nose: Fresh peach and lemon, with melon and herbal notes underneath. Mouth: Silky and lively, … [more]

2005 Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD Paragon Vineyard Chardonnay Edna Valley AVA San Luis Obispo County 2005 Visual: Medium yellow Nose: Lots of buttery vanilla right up front, but almost like artificial vanilla … [more]

Four Vines Naked Chardonnay

“Naked” Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2006 Visual: Light yellow Nose: Tropical fruit and melon, with hints of fennel, as well as a hint of nuttiness and minerals and lemon Mouth: Very dry, bright, and … [more]

California Chardonnays

On 7/7/07 I hosted a wine tasting party at my brother’s house with about 18 of his friends and neighbors present. The focus was on the ubiquitous California Chardonnays from various regions. We … [more]

The Chesapeake Wine Company

If you are ever in the Baltimore area of Maryland, this is a shop worth putting on your list. In the heart of the developing area of Canton, this wine shop/bar has a carefully selected range of wines … [more]

Goat Roti

I wish I knew more about wine. More often than not I will pick something I have had before rather than try new stuff. I was in an unfamiliar market the other day and grabbed a bottle nearest me that … [more]

Premier CRU wine merchants

Premier CRU is a wonderful boutique wine shop. They have recently expanded their space which is fun, modern, airy and well laid out. Never pretentious, they are always attentive and personable. They … [more]

A poem by Billy Collins

Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate, shows us why we should be wary of comparing our lover to food and drink.—-Ted Litany You are the bread and the knife, The crystal goblet and the … [more]

Artichokes with mint and garlic

Your chokes are choking on steam! Let them drink wine, garlic and mint! Want to stop steaming your artichokes? Blow off some steam in just a few minutes, with this tasty side dish. Can be made with … [more]

Sweet tooth Carbonara pasta

I’ve always been a fan of pasta and the mind boggling variety of sauces possible. Carbonara is one of my favorite for the creamy, savoury, funghi and pork explosion with the first mouth-full. … [more]

My cousin Stew

This is a really easy to make one pot dish, that tastes great. Even my mother-in-law begrudgingly admitted to liking it, as she asked for another bowl. Added bonus is that it makes the house smell … [more]

Stemless wine glasses. Good thing or bad?

The WSJ writers Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher have stated their ambivalence about stemless wine glasses. They love them on the one hand because the informality suits their philosophy that wine should be easy and comfortable. They dislike them on the other hand as the purpose of stems is to avoid warming the wine with your hands. [more]

Glendale, CA Wine Shop

There’s a new wine shop in Glendale that looks very promising. Their emphasis is specializing in everyday wines from Italy, France and California. I’m always looking for new and reasonable wines and this seems like it might be just the place. [more]

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