If My Stock Picks Were As Good As My Wine Picks…

I just received a PR release about “The 101 Best Wineries in America” from The Daily Meal.  Of the nation’s 8,000+ U.S. wine producers, the top 101 were selected by surveys from American wine and food professionals (methodology details can be found below).  So I was pleased to see the list contained NINETEEN of the wineries I’ve introduced to […]

Spring Has Sprung – Notes from a wine club shipment

Spring came early to wine country this year.  As I write this, the short-lived lupines are out in abundance, providing a purple-blue stage for the prima-donna golden poppies springing up in their midst.  And in the vineyards, bud break came early too.  Now the growers are sweating out the possibility of frosts for another month […]

Community Wine Review – Regale Winery, 2008 Pinot Noir, O’Neel Vyrd, Russian River Valley

Now THIS is a Pinot Noir!  Kudos to this winemaker.  It is nice to know that one can still be surprised after having tried hundreds of different examples of this varietal.   This vintage is something truly extra special in the glass.   Straight out of the gate and a couple of brisk swirls in my Riedel […]

Wine-Friendly Recipe: Robust Red & Goat Cheese Lamb Burgers

Dave the Wine Merchant recommends these lamb burgers (with balsamic-glazed red onion and goat cheese) with spicy, robust reds, though any red wine will not disappointed.

Wine of the Week: "Right to the Moon!" (Tudor's 05 Pinot, now just $33.80)

Dave the Wine Merchant reminisces about the lunar landing in 1969, using that episode to frame this week’s featured wine he describes as “Out of this world” (naturally)