A Judgment of Paris-y kind of tasting26-02-2018

The “Judgment of Paris” is one of those things that anyone the least bit tinged with wine will most likely never let go of. Big events in wine are often only big to wine people,... more>

Not getting the Gik Blue07-02-2018

I have a fun group of enologist friends where I live and admittedly, as a wine journalist, I’m probably something of a black sheep to them but they seem to tolerate me as in general,... more>
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The wine blog. Where from here?30-01-2018

To a great extent, I’ve become numb to shocking headlines over the last year and half. But despite the constantly being on the brink of nuclear war and shithole talk, when I read “Huffington Post... more>

The 2017 Wine Predictions in review18-01-2018

It’s one thing in wine to shoot your mouth off at the beginning of the year about what you believe will come to be in the next 12 months. In reality, it’s a crapshoot as... more>

Up the Douro & Quinta Nova16-01-2018

My mother’s family is of Portuguese descent and to honor this many years ago we opened a bottle of Vintage Port that my grandfather had brought back from Porto. The build up was intense and... more>

Markus Altenburger – Red 201412-01-2018

Blaufränkisch and Plavac Mali were some of the first grapes I plunged into when starting to venture outside of my Californian safety net many years ago. It was however not the easiest grape for me... more>

2017: A site’s year in review26-12-2017

Naturally, this is that time of year when everyone puts their websites on autopilot, steps back, and opens up a slew of bottles for the next week or so due to the holidays. It also... more>


There’s been “big” news in the wine world over the last few weeks. I made sure to use the quotes as this news is completely meaningless to most anybody who isn’t deeply embedded in the... more>