October 2009 Blog Posts (12)

Wine miracles by the bucket (inside Paola di Mauro's kitchen)

In Italy, as you might well know, wine has always been a food, not necessarily something that you drink. The gastronomy itself is very regional, much of it as old as the hills, and probably even more of it as stylish or innovative as anything the Italians do. That’s the miracle of the Italian wine and food culture: its propensity to renew itself in delicious, and inspiring, ways.…


Added by Randy Caparoso on October 29, 2009 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Sophisticated Pairings - Beyond Dark Chocolate and Red Wine

For many years I have been struggling with how to make (real) money doing chocolate tastings.

From my experience (and from my discussions with dozens of other people who are also trying to figure this out), the value perception for a chocolate tasting is not the same as for wine, for example. People who would be more than willing to pay $100 to attend a wine tasting have real problems spending even $20 for a chocolate tasting or pairing - even when the chocolates being sampled are… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 28, 2009 at 6:52am — No Comments

I'm Still Enjoying Working on This...

I remember an old episode of The Honeymooners where the Kramdens and the Nortons were taking etiquette lessons so they could get approved for a membership at the local Country Club. Their snooty instructor tells them, “There are two words in the English language that should never be used: one is ‘swell’ and the other one is ‘lousy’”, to which Norton replies, “Well give us the lousy one first…”

As I moved up the restaurant food chain from places that referred to themselves as “stores”… Continue

Added by Patrick Loomis on October 23, 2009 at 9:17am — No Comments

California' Rhone


A video visit with Jason Haas of Tablas Creek

Added by Kevin Lynch on October 20, 2009 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Taking Pride

Mountaintop Winery Takes Pride in its Command of Elevated Site Diversity.

An Interview with the Lead Winemaker of Pride Mountain Vineyards.

One striking fact with which visitors to Pride Mountain Vineyards are immediately met is that the 235-acre estate actually straddles the line between the two otherwise distinct appellations of Napa and Sonoma. But while having grapevines and production facilities located on either side of that… Continue

Added by Nikitas Magel on October 20, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Not your daddy's zin (zinfandel's amazing food affinities)

One thing we know about California’s zinfandel: it is a far, far more food versatile wine than usually assumed.

But it wasn’t always like that. A couple of decades ago the country was still awash with pink colored “white zinfandel”; and focusing on the other two “fighting varietals,” chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, many of the mainstream California wineries went so far… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on October 18, 2009 at 5:20pm — 2 Comments

Harvest Interviews with Winemaker B

This is the second year that we've done a series of harvest-time interviews with Winemaker B, Brandon Lapides, the assistant winemaker at Dutton Goldfield in the Russian River Valley. This year the interviews are done with video camera. The latest interview is on the ViciVino.com website under Ask the Winemaker.

Added by Larry on October 17, 2009 at 4:14pm — No Comments

There is no Simple Solution!

Two days ago, I received my copy of the November 15th issue of Wine Spectator – Rich and Powerful Cabernets. Before dinner, I started to skim through the pages. I stopped on Sr. Editor James Laube’s page. Entitled “Napa Cabernets on the Brink”, I hit the pause button and started reading. I know that there are many mixed feelings towards the magazine but personally I find that James makes a lot of sense about what he writes.

He starts this editorial by saying that a Napa winemaker… Continue

Added by Mark T. Norman on October 15, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

16 Mile Brewing Company

During our visit to the Dewey Beach Music Conference 2009 I allocated time to visit 16 Mile Brewing Company, a new brewery located in nearby Georgetown… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on October 10, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Harvest Time In North Fork Wine Country

Here on the North Fork of Long Island it is Harvest Time. winemakers are hoping that the days are warm and sunny. The growing season is long and its a good time to come out here. Check out http:www.arborviewhouse.com/blog

Added by Wilfred Joseph on October 7, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Spirits

Most people are aware of the unique and savory beers produced by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery at their Milton Delaware location, but you may not be aware that they distill a line of spirits at their Rehoboth Beach… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on October 7, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Cabernet sauvignons, past & present, and the foods we love to eat with them

I’m absolutely sure that every wine professional who cut his or her teeth on California cabernet sauvignons from the seventies and eighties remembers things differently. For me, it’s still like yesterday, since these were the days when, for me, blind and double-blind tastings ruled the day. We didn’t “score” wines then (I obviously still don’t, to this day… an unnatural act then, and… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on October 6, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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