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>

More…06-12-2017

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>

Onward to Carignan(e)20-10-2017

I’ve been tasting a rather enormous amount of Carignan lately for a forthcoming article. This has confirmed several things for me which are: 1) it’s delicious and this a grape very much capable of making... more>

The Crossover: Nomad Outland Whisky14-08-2017

The Nomad Outland Whisky starts out life as a Scotch based on spirits from Speyside but is then shipped down to Jerez to age in used Sherry barrels in Andalusia instead of having the barrels... more>