Wine Women Working Sustainably in Bordeaux + the Bats and Bees of Château Puyanché #Winophiles 

Château Puyanché, Côtes de Bordeaux, 2015

Throughout the world, traditional wine grape growing regions and newer ones too are facing the challenges of climate change. Paso Robles is finding success with grapes like vermentino at Tablas Creek and Robert Hall as well as with grapes originally from the Rhone. On the other hand, areas once questionable are becoming viable; with increased temperatures, getting grapes ripe enough is not the challenge it once was in Bordeaux and Champagne. In fact, according to the Huglin classification, the wine-growing climate in Bordeaux went from Continue reading

Wine Women Working Sustainably in Alsace: Trimbach Daughters and Pierre Sparr’s Corinne Perez plus Unusual Pairs #Winophiles Preview

Trimbach and Pierre Sparr

March means Women’s History Month which is why I invited the Winophiles group of wine writers to find women working sustainably in France for this month’s prompt; scroll down to see who is writing about what and the questions for our twitter chat Sat. March 18, 2023.

March also means celebrating the luck of the Irish with Friday March 17 St Patrick’s Day. While we’ve learned that corned beef and cabbage pair well with the white wines from Alsace  as well as similar white wines from Germany Continue reading

PS I Love You: Dark and Delicious Sierra Foothills Petite Sirah from Cantara, Kehret, Lava Cap #WinePW

Lava Cap, Kehret, Cantara Petite Sirah

Working at the outdoors tasting table at Ridge Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the mid-80s is where and when I first sampled Petite Sirah. While the wines might have come from Paso Robles or Sonoma, to my memory these juicy, rich, dark, delicious wines came from California’s “gold country” — the Sierra Foothills like Amador and El Dorado Counties. Continue reading

How To Check Out My “Judgment of Paso” article on Jancis Robinson + Details on Paso Wines from Law, Niner, Robert Hall, Turley with Pairings

Judgment of Paso line up

When I learned that David Glancy of the San Francisco Wine School was organizing a blind comparative tasting he called “Paso Robles vs The World,” my mind immediately jumped to the 1976 Judgment of Paris that put California’s wines on the world map (including Ridge where I once worked), and from there to the idea of a Judgment of Paso. While the Judgment of Paris has been recreated ad nauseam around the world, the concept still captures the imagination: how would wines from one area tasted blind compare with another? I set my sights on attending — and Continue reading

Introducing Campania’s Key Grapes: Aglianico and Falanghina

Campania’s Key Grapes: Aglianico and Falanghina

Campania’s two most important grapes– Falanghina and Aglianico– aren’t well known in the US and are rarely grown in the states with notable exceptions in Paso Robles where Castoro grows Falanghina and Aglianico at Sunce. While Aglianico may be considered one of Italy’s three best wine grapes, Continue reading

Mendoza’s Mairena Sparkling Rosé + Seared Ahi Salad #WorldWineTravel

Sparkling wine from Mendoza, Argentina: Mairena Espumante Extra Brut

In 2023, the World Wine Travel group of wine writers is focused on South America, and this month the theme is wine from Argentina that’s not MALBEC from Mendoza. While important, Malbec is not the only thing going on in Argentina! As I recently participated in an AMAZING tasting with SF Wine School and Argentina’s Continue reading

Open That Bottle Night: 2009 Ojai Vineyard Syrah at The Beach #OTBN

The Ojai Vineyard 2009 Syrah special bottling is indeed special

The final Saturday of February is “Open That Bottle Night”– a night when you just say, heck why not, life is short, drink the good stuff. Not sure about you but that’s kind of been the mood around here for the past few years during the pandemic anyway…

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