Tag: California

Meet the Whites: Chardonnay

Some would consider my not covering Chardonnay first heresy–I say it made just plain good sense. Chardonnay is something a lot of people drink because they recognize the name, not because they necessarily like it. It’s on every wine list and every hotel and restaurant has their house white which is probably 9 times out […]

Meet the Whites: Sauvignon Blanc

Last week we talked light-and-crisp Pinot Grigio and this week we’re only taking a half-step up, really, with Sauvignon Blanc. One of the major white wine grapes, Sauvignon Blanc can be found bottled as the stand-alone varietal (sometimes labeled Pouilly-Fumé from the Loire Valley of France, or Fumé Blanc from certain California bottlers) or blended into […]

Meet the Whites: Pinot Grigio

We’re going to kick off this trip down the white wine aisle with a look at the easy-to-drink, easy-on-the pocket book Pinot Grigio. In Northern Italy, as this bottle shows, it’s called Pinot Grigio but in Alsace, France, where it grows especially well, it’s known as Pinot Gris (pronounce GREE). And, yes, it is a […]

The Bliss Factor 2011

We’ve all been waiting for the results and here they are! After countless sips of wine and who knows how many oysters, the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition has come to an end. Judges in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle picked those wines they felt best met “the bliss factor.” This year’s list is […]

50 Shots of America–California

Goldrush The 31st state, California, was ceded to the US as a result of the Mexican-American war and became a state on September 9, 1850. I had the opportunity to visit The Golden State a few years ago but there are places there still on my list to visit.. When I got back from San […]

Meet the Reds: Pinot Noir

I saved my favorite for last. Yes, I’ve been on a serious Noir kick for the last few years and, once again, it has nothing to do with a certain wine movie I’ve yet to watch. Although, if that had anything to do with Pinot Noirs being easier to find, then, okay, maybe it has […]

Sips & Shots: Meet the Reds: Merlot

Oh, probably one of the better known reds and, in some circles, the most maligned. Just the word “Merlot” sounds like smoky back rooms and femme fatales making breathy requests of the sommelier. Or something like that. Of course, just as quickly I’m reminded of Selma Blair’s nose-in-the-air reminder to her guests to not forget […]