Famous Line From Jerry McGuire Film Works Again in Napa

Today we welcome a guest post from Jerry Clark, wine writer and president of Winemaven Enterprises in Mystic, Connecticut. Jerry and I are both contributors to Provence WineZine and we had the good fortune of meeting in Lodi, California earlier this year. Susan Manfull, founder of Provence WineZine, was there as well as we all…

Winemaker Rendezvous: Nicolas Laugner of Domaine Allimant-Laugner

Today we welcome a rendezvous with Nicolas Laugner, 11th generation Alsatian winemaker at Domaine Allimant-Laugner in Orschwiller. I have a very active imagination. There isn’t much that I can’t picture or create in my mind’s eye; but there is something about Nicolas that I struggle with. I just can’t wrap my head around the idea of…

Oysters & Sauvignon Blanc from Proud Pour

This story tells about the efforts of Proud Pour, a company working to restore oyster beds from the proceeds of their sustainably-produced Sauvignon Blanc from North Coast, California. Learning About Oysters Last January, during a southbound drive on I-55, I heard a story on the radio about the cost of checked airline baggage. A guest on…

Saint-Émilion, Message in a Bottle

This story tells how the history of Saint Emilion, the UNESCO World Heritage wine region located in Bordeaux France, provides travel inspiration.

Grape Diversity and Greek Rosé

In 1974 an oenologist named Athanassois Parparoussis founded a winery in the Greek Peloponnese. In the 40-plus years since the winery began, Athanassois has placed his enthusiasm on promoting indigenous Greek grape varieties, those that express the nature of the region. Now in partnership with his daughters, the family-owned winery utilizes both private vineyards and…

Rosé or Rosato? Is there a difference?

In this story we discover that flavor is more than color-deep by learning about pink wines from Italy: Rosato. This will not be a post about Provençal rosé. It won’t. I promise. This is a post about Italian Rosato wine. It’s pink too. Seriously, it is. Let me finish. It’s pink and it’s Rosato and it’s from…

Traveling Through Oregon Wine Country

It’s no secret that the west coast of North America is a wine, nature and travel mecca, but there are many estates and visits to be discovered. Today’s post features a guest experience from Julian Parks, founder and author of BC Wine Trends. BC Wine Trends That’s BC as in “British Columbia”. When Julian shared his…

Love Wine Travel? Vote in the USA Today #10Best in Wine Travel

I was recently chosen by USA Today to participate on an expert panel to build these incredible slates. These lists represent some of the best in wine country travel. Here is your chance to vote for your favorites in the following categories: Best Tasting Room Best Wine Country Hotel Best Wine Festival Best Winery Restaurant Best…

Winemaker Rendezvous: Bernard Duseigneur of Domaine Duseigneur

  Today we welcome a rendezvous with Bernard Duseigneur, winemaker at Domaine Duseigneur. The 30 hectare estate spans Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun and Lirac. 17 weeks ago I clicked on an Instagram photo of of three bottles of wine from Châteauneuf du Pape. “Wonderful,” I commented. “I’d love to try.” “If you come over here our…

Why We are Drinking Now: A Médoc Beauty

A bounty of wine treasures, the Médoc and Haut Médoc represent some of the best in Bordeaux wines. One could say they represent the best in French wines, the best in global wine. We examine what’s behind the label and discover why we are drinking Médoc now. The photo above is of Château de Retout, the…

The Médoc Seduces French Winophiles

The French Winophiles spend the next few months in a wine-drinking, food-pairing, life-loving flâneur. Join us! In wine bars around the world, consumers order a glass or bottle of Bordeaux with confidence. Everyone knows that Bordeaux wines symbolize quality, pedigree, good taste and establishment. For many, the idea of fine wine is wrapped up in…

What Your Madre Never Told You About Orange Wines

#ItalianFWT group uncovers skin-fermented, or orange, wines from Italy. When I was a kid, what they’d call a tween now-a-days, I overheard some older kids talking about the finer points of teenage dating. It was in the cafeteria, from the end of a long line of students waiting on lunch. Most of what was being…

Tour de France: Mount Ventoux Wines

A kindly giant who watches over the aromatic garrigue scrubland and the carefully tended vineyards, Mont Ventoux shelters wines conducive to sharing and close companionship – celebrated with a fragrant, flavourful centrepiece. ~ CHRISTOPHE TASSAN Sommelier and Rhone Ambassador The Tour de France 2016 Stage 12 of the Tour de France will route cyclists from Montpellier…

Winemaker Rendezvous: Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate

Today we welcome a rendezvous with Melissa Burr, winemaker at Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ms. Burr is the first winemaker to be featured in my Winemaker Rendezvous Project, an interactive interview utilizing questions gathered from my twitter friends… I’ve asked many of my twitter connections: What would you ask…

Wine Tasting Anyone?

Originally posted on Cobblestone and Vineyards:
It’s safe to say, I’m no expert on wine by any means. In fact, I hesitate to open my mouth and say even one word on the subject. But years ago, knowing nothing about wine, we chose Burgundy for our first trip to France based on a pastoral scene…