Ready to hear something amazing? China is the second largest cultivator of wine grapes in the world – just after Spain – and they are seriously focused on expanding and refining their place in the wine world. In light of this information, I thought it was a good time to explore Chinese wine. Thank you to CelebrationsWineClub.com, Bloomberg, NewYorker.com and ChinaTravel.com for their help with this article. If you missed my recent blog posts about Asian wine in Napa Valley, please check out my articles on Kieu Hoang Winery and Yao Family Wines. [Read more…]
We all know about wonderful Malbec from Argentina and incredible Carménère from Chile. What about amazing Mexican wine? With Cinco de Mayo just behind us, I thought it was a good time to take a look at this country’s wine. [Read more…]
At our Cal tailgate party yesterday, my friend Joe told us that he wanted to share an excellent bottle of Armenian wine that he and his wife picked up on their most recent trip to Armenia. All of us laughingly said that we were looking forward to comparing this wine to all of the other Armenian wines we’ve tasted over the years – NOT. [Read more…]
Hearing the stories about the fires in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Mendocino is incredibly sad and sobering. The loss of your home and all of your belongings, often including pets, is crushing. The loss of a business you’ve put your heart and soul into is devastating. The loss of people is beyond comprehension. These are losses that you never fully get over.
Beautiful memories will hopefully provide some solace, as will the incredible responses of neighbors, emergency workers and other concerned citizens.
At the Cal game on Friday, we had a moment of silence for all the loss. Most of us felt that that moment could have gone on for a lot longer than it did. But it felt good to send loving thoughts to communities that are suffering so much.
With all of this as a preface, I’m going to spend the rest of this article looking at the impact of the fire on wine production in 2017 and beyond. [Read more…]
Thanks to the WINEderful folks at the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, I am getting to enjoy wine from the Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York for the first time in my life. I started with two Rieslings, followed that up with a delicious dry Rosé, and am now following that up with a Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc. This one was a 2014 Chateau Lafayette Reneau Cabernet Franc. [Read more…]