Category Archives: CALIFORNIA

What if Wine Had Won the Tipple War?

Postscript from ‘Norton Wine: Walking Off To Look For America‘, set for release this June. Whether it’s ‘what if’ scenarios proposed by historians, or the not-entirely-discountable notion that if Britain had won the Revolutionary War slavery would have ended fifty … Continue reading

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Beam Me Aboard, Scotto

If the most exciting thing that’s happened to you in a motel room this year has been tasting cider with Paul Scotto, welcome to my world. Nevertheless, I have raved about the family cidery— ‘Cider Brothers’, named for Paul and … Continue reading

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Gypsy Canyon Wine with Thai Dogs: Match Made in Doggie Heaven

A perfect recipe for the dog days of summer! Thai Dogs Ingredients: 1/2 pound cups fresh squid, cut into bite-size rings 1 large onion, chopped 2 chopped garden beetles 4 ounces Việt-Huong Fish Sauce 2-3 fresh Thai chili peppers 2 … Continue reading

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Whip: It Good

Some of the world’s greatest wines are single varietal.  There are the towering Chardonnays of Montrachet, the suave and potent Pinot Noirs of Romanée-Conti, the hedonistic Rieslings of the Rheingau and the pure-Furmint Tokajis of Hungary. You’ll run into some impressive … Continue reading

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I Came, I Wente, I Conquered

Vini, Vidi, Vente.  That’s Latin, baby. Wente Vineyards makes this claim without braggadocio: They are the oldest, continually-operating family-owned winery in California. As, their scrapbook must look like the walls of Harvard School of Law’s graduating class—generation after generation of … Continue reading

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Noblesse Oblige: The Stillman Story (Again)

The other day I claimed I didn’t ‘do’ obligatory, but in that, I was a bit economical with the truth; I shat yon bull, I yanked yon chain, I committed a terminological inexactitude. In short, I lied. Because every year … Continue reading

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Droning On About Smith-Madrone

Nothing like new friends and new wines to introduce the New Year along with the anticipation of making new enemies over our old opinions on wine, eh? Although I am sure my pal Julie Ann Kodmur will not unpal me … Continue reading

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