If my Lottery Picks were as prescient as my wine picks!

If my Lottery Picks were as prescient as my wine picks I’d be writing this from one of my homes overlooking a pristine beach. What started my wistful thinking was the news in my inbox with the results of an interesting data analysis.  A Pinot producer that was one of my early “bets” turned out to be […]

Wine Club Shipment – New Selections!

Well, it’s done!  This month’s wine shipment to members of our wine clubs. This week, 11 different wine selections were shipped to our club members.  Or should I say, we shipped wine to those members living in states where the thermostat allows for the safe delivery of wine – the rest of your packages are […]

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 […]

People’s Choice 2013 : Wine Member Favorites

The last guest is gone, the dishes are done, the aspirins are swallowed and the leftover wines re-corked.  Now it’s time to tally the winners… As you know, I spend my days selecting wines for my curated portfolio, selections then shared with wine club members who want to “Discover their next favorite” – adventurous wine lovers interested […]

Review of Dave the Wine Merchant’s “Pinot Selections” Wine Club

Some time ago, I came across a new site dedicated to reviewing wine clubs.  But all of the reviews I saw were for huge clubs, the big industrial sort that buy unknown wine for $50 a case and sell it for $12 a bottle (a very enjoyable 188% markup, if you’re counting).  So I wanted […]

Top Wines – Wine Club Members Speak Out

This week we had a good turn out for our SF tasting, though we missed some of our regular attendees.  None of those in attendance were from our Pinot Selections club, and as a result I think the appreciation of this noble grape may have slipped a bit from past tastings.  That said, the affordable […]

Recipe : Roasted Pork Belly on Kale Salad

This recipe is a bit time consuming but well worth it! I first tasted this dish at the Anderson Valley Alsace festival (now known as “White Wine Weekend”). It was prepared by Beau MacMillan, the Executive Chef at Arizona’s Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.  I’ve adjusted some of the ingredients and procedures to make the recipe […]

Wine Club Tasting Panel – Results for 2012 Selections

Though I enjoy the task of selecting wines for our wine club members and online customers, it’s always nice to get their direct feedback.  So on Tuesday night of this past week I hosted 20 of them to participate in this year’s tasting panel.  They dutifully sniffed and sipped more than 30 wines – wines […]