A Bubbly Tour of France

What do most people think of when they consider the sparkling wines from France? You got it: Champagne. And while Champagne is lovely stuff,...

Norwegians in Chile

This is the story of Norwegian shipowner Dan Odfjell, who discovered the land and wines of Chile in the early 1990s and reaped treasures...

Paso Robles, Part II

Paso Robles, My last column hurt me more than it hurt you; so, let the healing begin. You know I’m a big fan and I...

Paso Robles Wine Industry, Part I

Dear Paso Robles Wine Industry, I’d like to preface this love letter by saying that I am only trying to help. The changes you made...

Quality Whiskeys, Part II

The Emerald Isle is our first stop on Part II of our world-wide-whiskey tour. Ireland is the original home of commercial whiskey and is...

Quality Scotch Whisky and American Whiskey, Part I

Spirit aficionados know that a dram or two of quality whiskey makes for a rich and warming quaff on a cold winter’s night not...

A Grape of Many Faces

From fresh, flexible and fun to complex, rich and sophisticated — Sauvignon Blanc is the grape that can go from hiking boots to heels...

Art and Fine Wine

Like peas and carrots and Forrest and Jenny, there are some duos that are perfect together. One of the most ancient and enduring duos...

Grapes for a Hot New World | Part II

In Part I of “Grapes for a Hot New World,” I began an exploration of which grapes and wines will rise to greater quality,...

Grapes for a Hot New World | Part I

The so-called it wines of the moment are always in flux. Until the late 1800s your bottle of red Bordeaux was primarily Malbec. It...