Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a mobile app that could help you make wine buying decisions based on your preferences? Wouldn’t it be even more cool if that same app could help you keep track of the wines you like?
Today’s focus: finding a connection between wine and science fiction. Really? Really!
Here’s the background. I recently heard about a wine competition held every year in El Dorado County’s wine country, called the Frank Herbert Award. It is sponsored by a local paper, the Mountain Democrat, and is open to all commercial wineries. Winners frequently herald from northern California and compete in many wine categories.
The name Frank Herbert didn’t mean anything to me, but I understood that this was a prestigious award, coveted by many a northern California winemaker. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of it before; thus began my search to find out who Frank Herbert was, and why his name was attached to this prize. [Read more…]
Don’t you love the sound of a cork popping out of a wine bottle? For most of us, it’s romantic and exciting, and it signals a special event or occasion. Somehow, unscrewing a screw cap just doesn’t have that same special feeling. But is that a good enough reason to only “sport the cork”? [Read more…]
If you are relatively new to wine, you might not be familiar with the concept of wine ratings, where wine critics and wine publications rate wines on a 100-point scale.
If you are a seasoned wine verteran, you are likely to be very familiar with wine ratings, and you might even use ratings to guide your purchase decisions. [Read more…]