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Wine Time

  • Top reasons to decant wine

    By Lou Phillips on September 10, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·   OK, so I wasn’t completely focused during my humanities classes. I don’t remember the reason for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, but I’d bet that a big part of it is that it’s just plain fun. Although I have no evidence of this other than my own experiences and conversations with other wine lovers, I do […]
  • The beauty of aged wines

    By Lou Phillips on September 3, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  If almost all wines are enjoyed the day they are purchased, then why do most serious wine lovers espouse the joys of aged wines? Well, for one, they are rare and different, which attracts aficionados in any field. When made with grapes and winemaking techniques designed to create wines that develop in good and, hopefully, great […]
  • Wine flights span globe at Spindleshanks

    By Lou Phillips on August 27, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Having spent many years in a rustic cabin in Tahoe Vista, taking over the log-cabin dining setting at the Brockway Golf Course seems like a natural progression for the Spindleshank’s crew. The space is lighter and brighter making for a great new experience for guests. These folks have always offered exciting wine flights that provide […]
  • PlumpJack features adventurous collection

    By Lou Phillips on August 20, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Boasting world-class mountain views and an elegant dining atmosphere, PlumpJack Café and Bar in Olympic Valley offers a unique wine and dine experience. Holding a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, it is a true wine destination. The 2013 CADE Sauvignon Blanc ($12 for the glass) is a fuller-bodied version of SB that offers great […]
  •  Superb pairings at Jake’s on the Lake

    By Lou Phillips on August 13, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Regardless of the season, walking through the huge teak doors and experiencing the waterfall bar and inspirational views of Jake’s on the Lake introduces you to the nautical vibe that has kept patrons coming back for decades. Whether you are enjoying the legendary oyster bar or any of the indoor or deck dining areas, Jake’s is […]
  • Sunnyside’s cellar stands out

    By Lou Phillips on August 6, 2014
    By Lou Phillips · You can’t think of Sunnyside without thinking of the dashing guy with the big smile who has been making everyone feel like a friend since the 80s. Jeff “Ox” Oxandaboure, Sunnyside’s managing partner, is not only a great host, but also a wine lover and he takes his guest’s wine experience personally. Here is what you […]
  • Wine pairings for favorite Tahoe City eateries

    By Lou Phillips on July 30, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Matt Levitt from Tahoe Blue flashes his smile and his vodka.  · Picture yourself on a beautiful, sunny day sauntering down a tree-lined boulevard by the most beautiful lake in the world. You are at the annual Tahoe City Wine Walk, a yearly bacchanal that is one of the harbingers of summer at the North […]
  • Nine41 offers Alpine comfort food

    By Lou Phillips on July 23, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   As a long time North Shore resident, I was excited to see the makeover of the former Stanley’s in Incline Village. Now the home to Nine41 Eatery and Bar, the al fresco dining on the deck and cozy interior bar and dining room welcomes guests looking for a glass of wine and a hearty bite […]
  • Pianeta Tuscan charmer in Truckee

    By Lou Phillips on July 16, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Given the rustic Western vibe of commercial row in Truckee, you would have no idea that a visit to Tuscany is just a step through the doorway of Restaurant Pianeta. From the sight of the Tuscan cellar motif, to the aromas of creative Italian fare wafting through the room, you are transported to Italy. Owners […]
  • Incline Spirits North Shore gem

    By Lou Phillips on July 9, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Nestled under the pines a block from the beach in Incline Village sits a wine shop worth a visit. Owners Will and Amy Brigham are passionate wine collectors and the shop selections reflects this. Their staff receives a high level of ongoing training with three of their team members having achieved Level 1 Sommelier status. […]