Napa’s Flora Springs: 2015 Trilogy, 2018 Soliloquy, 2020 New Release Party 2/1, and Komes Ranch Sale

Flagship wines from Flora Springs with a special dinner of filet mignon, cracked crab, and ceasar salad

This Saturday, February 1, is the annual Flora Springs “Trilogy” release party where guests experience the generous hospitality of Flora Springs when they pull out all the stops to celebrate the newest vintage of Trilogy, the 2017. Along with wine, enjoy food, live music and dancing from 11 am – 2 pm at The Estate located at 1978 West Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena.

But with the sale of the Komes Ranch, how much will change at Flora Springs? Will there be more Trilogy? What about Soliloquy, their flagship white wine?  Continue reading

AUS Fires: Impact, How To Help, Focus on Four Wines with BBQ

As a lifelong Californian, I have experienced my share of fires. Growing up I remember my dad commuting from LA through fires in Malibu, and how scary that was. When I was very little, there was a fire on the hill above our Ventura house, and for the rest of my life when the sun sets at the right angle in the fall, the glint of the sun on the windows of the houses makes me wonder whether a fire is there or not.

In 2017, the Thomas Fire roared through my town taking out 300 homes, and the devastating mudflows in Montecito followed. In 2018, the Woolsey Fire took out a huge swath not far from home , and again in 2019, fire hit close by on South Mountain near Clos des Amis and where my son was at a slumber party, and other fires hit Ventura County too. If you add in the other devastating fires of the past few years — Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Tubbs, Atlas and more — Californians have lost a lot.

But this is nothing compared to what is happening in Australia where over 46 million acres have burned. According to a recent article in the New York Times,

  • The area of 2019-2020 bushfires in Australia is larger than the country of Switzerland.
  • The area of the 2019-2020 fires in Australia is larger than the states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.
  • If the fires in Australia were in California, they’d cover 1/10 of the state.

In addition to vineyards being burned to the ground, smoke taint threatens the crop Continue reading

Introduce a Friend to French Wine 2: Loire’s St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil AOC Les Quaterones, Amirault #Winophiles

Three Loire Cabernet Franc by Xavier Amirault

What can make French wine confusing to newcomers is that often the name of the grape inside the bottle is nowhere to be found on the outside of the bottle.

That means to know what grapes are inside the bottle you have to know what is grown in the region named on the bottle.

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Intro a Friend to French Wine 1: Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Comforting Cassoulet #Winophiles

While wine grapes may be grown throughout the world, it is France that many consider the most important country for wine. Ever since the Greeks cultivated grapes in Gaul (France) in the 6th century, for over 2,000 years,  growing grapes and making wine has been an important aspect of life in France. Wine grapes are grown throughout the country with 7-8 million bottles produced every year making France the number one producer of wine by volume in the world.

Did you know that most of the well-known grapes grown globally are actually French in origin? Continue reading

Love EU Wine and Cheese? Comment NOW Please on Proposed TARIFS!

You have until midnight Eastern time or 9pm Pacific time TODAY Monday January 13 to comment about the proposed 100% Trump Tariffs against food and wine from the EU that might start as early as TOMORROW Jan. 14.

calling to complain: SO PLEAE Call YOUR senators and representatives and urge them to pressure the Office of the US Trade Representative to reconsider their proposed tariffs

Yes, some of these tariffs are 100%.

If you like wine, BUY, and enjoy cheese, olive oil, and so many other food products,

this will devastate YOU.

Because it will cost you so much more to buy the food, wine, and spirits products you love. AND it hurts many Americans who are in the import business– Americans who are your neighbors.

So what can you do? Read about it and comment here. Continue reading

Happy Birthday 2019? No, it’s 2020 with JNSQ, Chambang, Champagne Rapeneau, and The Ojai Vineyard Puerta del Mar

January 11 is my birthday; I’m Gen X.

It’s also the birthday of WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, a Millenial who turned 36.

And of Larry Harvey, Burning Man founder (RIP), a Boomer, who was fond of absinthe by Absinthia.

How did 2019 go by so fast? is it really 2020 — time of vision past and future?

I’d like to celebrate all three of us — Larry, Matt and ME, the future and the past plus any other Capricorns along for the ride…

and I’d like to ask for your support. Because this was not a typical birthday for me…

On Wednesday, my dog Cisco was hit by a car as I was on my way to a pre-birthday celebration; 24 hours in the ER later, we owed $2.5 k AND he still needs between $2-6k in treatment to fix his displaced hip. He’s in a great deal of pain. I spent most of my birthday taking care of and cleaning up after him. Continue reading