Beaujolais Nouveau for Thanksgiving

Wine Rating: 90 Remember, remember the third Thursday of November! For anyone who’s read any of my work or who’s followed my adventures for any length of time, you know I often find my way back to tales of...

Frantoio Grove, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

“You gotta have good olive oil. You should have a cooking olive oil, and you should have a finishing olive oil, like an extra-virgin olive oil.” – Emeril Lagasse Growing up, there were always two things...

Plumpjack, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

Wine Rating: 94 How to order wine at a restaurant can be a windy road to madness. For some, the thought might bring low-level anxiety, while for others, the journey is like an adventurous trek up Everest...

Rieslings of Alsace, France

A little bit of history that is worth revisiting. In 1500 B.C. the land was cultivated by the Celts. Around 58 B.C. the Romans conquered, took the land and made it the center of their wine region. Grape...

The Seduction of Dom Perignon

Wine Rating: 96 “You can put the still water in the cabinet… there.” Kneeling tying her tennis shoe, she pointed to a white oak cupboard, next to a stainless-steel Viking refrigerator. I looked at her...

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Kosta Browne, Gap’s Crown, 2009

Wine Rating: 95 If over the years you’ve read my articles, then by now, you know, “I love Pinot Noir.” I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing more bottles of that beautiful grape than any other. In this piece, for the first...

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Lemon Limoncello, 2017

Limoncello Rating: 98 I’m ten years old, sitting in my Grandfather’s home in Capistrano, California. The afternoon sun is sneaking through the wooden shutters. The small kitchen is mixed with natural and man-made light...

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The Seduction of Dom Perignon

Wine Rating: 96 “You can put the still water in the cabinet… there.” Kneeling tying her tennis shoe, she pointed to a white oak cupboard, next to a stainless-steel Viking refrigerator. I looked at her, glancing up at...

William & Selyem, Bucher, 2009

Wine Rating: 94 “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”  – André Tchelistcheff Pinot Noir: the impossible grape varietal that should not be. It’s a tough vine to grow, from its immensely delicate skin to...