Tag Archives: California Wine

What’s Your Sign? Sun or Soil?

There are wines of the sun, wines of the soil, and wines of the test tube. I enjoy the first, love the second, and try to avoid the third. It’s not that simple, of course. Wine never is, or we … Continue reading

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Chicken in Cream Sauce

Dinner on Austrian Airlines made me think of California chardonnay. Not that I wanted any, as the fruity, simple zweigelt was fine, but the in-flight entree en route from Washington to Vienna was chicken in cream sauce and that always … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandhi

For the record, hurricanes suck. Especially this one, named Sandy, though at this hour (8 pm ET Monday October 29) we haven’t seen the worst of her. After all, I still have power to write a blog post with. But … Continue reading

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Touring Sonoma vineyards with Greg La Follette

During my visit to Sonoma County last month, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon and evening with Greg La Follette, producer of acclaimed pinot noir and chardonnay from Sonoma and Mendocino counties. We trundled around the lower Sonoma … Continue reading

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Let Red Car take you for a ride along the Sonoma Coast

When I hear winemakers and others in the trade speak favorably of a winery, I’ve learned to take notice. So when in the first hours of my visit to Sonoma County last month, I heard several people mention Red Car … Continue reading

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Hirsch Vineyards: Pinot Noir along the extreme Sonoma Coast

In Europe, winemakers are geologists, while in America they’re chemists. This generalization is as dangerous as any other, but it reflects an important difference in point of view between Old and New World winemaking. The distinction may be blurring, but … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview WoW: Murrieta’s Well, The Whip 2010 $20

This delightful blend of sauvignon blanc, viognier, semillon, pinot blanc, orange muscat and muscat canelli is the type of wine I revel in — it doesn’t follow any recipe or rules, but is created anew each year based on what … Continue reading

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Wine Camp 2011: This wine’s from WHERE?

Something extraordinary happened this Christmas. Not birth-of-the-savior extraordinary mind you, but something so unexpected that I had to rub my eyes before I could believe it actually happened. I was served a Virginia wine at “Wine Camp.” Wine Camp is … Continue reading

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A Tannin Lesson From Professor Mondavi

In this week’s column in The Washington Post, I wrote about Charles Krug in Napa County, Calif., and the recent upgrades to its vineyards and winery. When I spoke to Peter Mondavi, Jr , about his family’s efforts, he provided … Continue reading

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A Napa Valley Icon, Going Strong at 150

In a time when the American wine industry continues to consolidate, with once-famous wineries becoming mere brands in corporate portfolios, it is refreshing to see one of Napa Valley’s most historic and venerable names celebrating a milestone under the same … Continue reading

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