An Oregon Wine By An Oregon Guy John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions including Champagne, Burgundy and the across the Loire Valley. […]Read More An Oregon Pinot From G.C. With No B.S.
Barolo Is Not A Grape Many wine consumers think that Barolo and Barbaresco and even Gattinara are grapes or types of wine. Wrong! In the northwestern corner of Italy in Piedmont there is a Grape Varietal called “Nebbiolo” and it is used 100% in the Villages named Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. Above is an aerial […]Read More Barolo, Barbaresco On A Budget!
Don’t Put Up With Mediocrity m In the past, right after my divorce in 2008, I rented a room from a referral that was given to me by a mutual friend. Carolina was divorced and wanted to rent a room and I really needed a room and a friend. Little did I know she was […]Read More No Somm?? Then BYOB!
Sud De France Sud De France basically is re-imaging of the South Of France mainly in the Languedoc-Roussillon area along the Mediterranean that many people thought of as table wine. Taking part in a race towards global excellence, the winemakers in Languedoc-Roussillon grow sparkling wines, sweet wines, red wines, white wines, and a range of […]Read More A Merlot That Tastes Like A Merlot!
A Very NOBLE Italian Wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has nothing to do with the grape named Montepulciano usually coming from Abruzzo. Montepulicano is a municipality in Tuscany producing a wine mostly comprised of Sangiovese. Confused yet? Vino Nobile is one of Tuscany’s most renowned red wines. Though it often falls in the shadows of […]Read More A Wine Made For Nobile Kings!!
Eric Solomon Selections If you would have asked a young Eric Solomon what he wanted to do when he grew up, he would have told you he wanted to be a rock drummer, or a classically-trained percussionist, in earshot of his parents. So at 18 he found himself in London as the understudy to the […]Read More The Reigning King Of Spain: Eric Solomon
Red Mountain A.V.A Captain Washington is happy to see that the new members to ABC Fine Wine and Spirit’s Block Wine Family is including a couple of more from Washington State. I notice that almost all except one are all made by Precept Brands in their Waterbrook Walla Walla large facility. What I like is […]Read More This Wine’s Comin’ Round The Mountain!
Wanna Take A Guess??? Those beautiful vineyards are not in Europe or California or South America. This is one of the Wagner Vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Wagner Vineyards, Family Tradition! Wagner Vineyards was founded in Lodi, New York by Bill Wagner, a lifelong resident of the area and grape […]Read More “If You Can Make Wine There, You Can….”
The Southern Rhone Valley Along the Rhone River you have the dominant Syrah based wines or 100% Syrahs of Cornas, Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage , Cote Rotie. As you can see on the map, the Southern Rhone , which is mostly Grenache Dominant Wines you have Cotes Du Rhone, Vacqueyras, the famous Chateauneuf du Pape and […]Read More “G” In Gigondas Equals Grenache
La Spinona La Spinona is a company that represents its founder Pietro Berutti, a man of great experience who believed in Barbaresco since the 1940s. Pietro’s son Gualtiero, an experienced veterinary surgeon, brought his expertise not only to the breeding of Piemontese cattle, but also to the cultivation of the vineyards and selection of […]Read More La Spinona, A Man’s Best Friend