New Book: “Unique Eats & Eateries – San Francisco”

I thought this book would be of interest only for Bay Area foodies, but as one of my wine club members explained “all paths lead to San Francisco eventually“.  So I post this review for perusal by all who want to be prepared for that next trip to San Francisco, even if that trip is […]

CorkSharing – Wine App Review

Having learned my lesson the hard way (it’s a long sob story not worth any more pixels), I appreciate good wine apps.  I recently came across Bryan Petro’s “CorkSharing” (wine tourism app for iPhone and Android) and thought it worth sharing. CorkSharing was designed for those who like to plan their route in advance and who enjoy a little […]

11th Release of ‘Coro Mendocino’ – Collaborative Winemaking

We all know the significance of certain dates.  July 4th.  December 25th.  June 28th. Wait.  June 28th?   Oh yeah. Big day, historically speaking.  The day TV Evangelist Robert Schuller attacked a flight attendant (1997).  And when Houston Astro’s Craig Biggio got his 3000th hit (2007).  It was also the day the first woman was admitted to the Air Force […]

A Fun Winery Tour – For our Northeastern Members!

In this morning’s wine news comes a story of interest to our NYC area wine club members – a winery tour that includes food, two nights at the Caldwell House B&B and a driver, all for less than $900 per couple… SALISBURY MILLS, NY  _ The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is offering guests the […]

Experience the “Insider’s” Napa

Would life be better if you owned a winery?  Would you rock the wine world?  Be the envy of everyone you meet?  Well here’s the next best thing. Smack dab in the midst of Napa’s 2013 grape harvest, here’s a long weekend you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  Channel your inner Lucy and go […]

Nude Wine Harvest Demands New Phrase

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “Once in a blue moon“, indicating something that doesn’t happen often.  A “Blue Moon” is the astronomical term for that rare month in which two full moons can be seen (about once every 2-3 years).  Oddly, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual color of the moon. But […]

Memory Lane and the Oakville Grocery

You may have seen the news that the historic Oakville Grocery building, newly renovated, will be re-opening tomorrow.  I couldn’t help but smile at the news, as it brought back memories of my entry into the wine business. Just across the street from the store, just about where the photo at left was taken, you’ll […]

How To Not Die While Drinking Chinese Wine

By Jack Turley, Chinese Banquet Survivor There are many spoken phrases that send shivers through my spine.  Perhaps the most frightening of all, uttered night after night during past business trips to China was “As our honored guest, we have a special surprise for you.  Tonight we are having a traditional Chinese banquet!” Oh please […]

Pinot and Cannabis? Bloomberg Spills the Beans

I know that Elin McCoy, a writer for Bloomberg’s leisure section, had a field day when she visited Peter Knez in Anderson Valley.  Peter is a former financial industry Titan Turned Gentleman Farmer, and he was the subject of Bloomberg’s recent article entitled “Wild West Pinot Draws Banker to Vineyards Among Cannabis Crops“.   McCoy […]