COVID or no, 8th World Blind Wine Tasting Championship To Be Held 10/10/20: No Team USA?

Competitors in the 2019 World Blind Wine Tasting Championship at Chateau Chambord, Loire, France.

This weekend at Château Smith Haut Lafitte, in Pessac-Léognan, competitors from around the world will gather to compete in the 8th edition of the World Tasting Championship. Organized by the Revue du vin de France and its partners, this year’s competition will feature far fewer competitors than last year when 30 teams competed. Continue reading

Bye Don: Say No to Wine Tariffs and More


In general, I try my best to stay focused on wine, food, and wine related travel here on Wine Predator, with a solid side of sustainability: biodynamics, organic, climate change. Over on Art Predator, I’m not as silent: there’s more politics, environmental and other issues (plus writing tips, music, art, literature, and film reviews… when I’m not too busy her on Wien Predator!).

But I can’t stay silent about this election longer .

It’s time to say Bye Don. Continue reading

Final Harvest, Late Harvest

There were only a few short rows for the final harvest today at Clos des Amis– a late harvest riesling.

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Ventura County Harvest 2020: Perspective from Clos Des Amis, Pacific View, Topa Mountain, The Ojai Vineyard

Pacific View Dolcetto and Olive trees

The big news this harvest in Ventura County isn’t COVID, but it’s definitely related to FEVER — FIRE and HEAT.

While an early harvest wine grape overall, the 2020 wine grape harvest is looking good so far according to owners and winemakers in Ventura County at The Ojai Vineyard, Clos Des Amis, Topa Mountain and Pacific View. By late September, just about everything was in with only some grapes destined for late harvest wines are on the vine; I’ll be out picking the Riesling at Clos des Amis on Wednesday.

With the heat spikes, 2020 harvest came early, Continue reading

#MerlotMe, #Blogtober, #Sobertober, #VanLife, #100 for 2020

Sunset on the California Rincon, Ventura County

As if 2020 wasn’t challenging enough, I’ve decided to participate in Blogtober and Sobertober. October is also #MerlotMe, and yes I’m participating in that, too. 

October is #MerlotMe. Stay tuned for more Merlot!

Blogtober is where participants try to blog every day in the month of October. Today is October 4, and this is my fourth blog post this month so so far so good. Continue reading

Meet Moldova: 2018 Purcari 1827 Rară Neagră de Purcari Vin Sec Rosu Paired with Pasta #WorldWineTravel

look at that color!

In 2020, much is on my radar that was not in 2019.

Much of it bad.

But like the Wines of Moldova which we first tasted and wrote about in July, some of it is good.

In fact very good!

And because we now live in a virtual world there are more opportunities to learn than ever before about smaller less well known wine regions of the world.

Like Moldova which is celebrating Moldova Wine Day today, October 3 and tomorrow, October 4, with webinars, twitter chats and more (see below).

So where is Moldova and why do you need to get these grapes in your glass?

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