History Of Carmenere Carménère (“car-men-nair”) is a medium-bodied red wine that originated in Bordeaux, France and now grows almost only in Chile. The wine is treasured for its supple red-and-black berry flavors (in a similar style to Merlot) For years, all these French Wine experts were totally confused and they thought Chile was growing fantastic […]Read More Carmenere Was Mistaken For Merlot??
What Are Block Wines? Like the first sign says we deal with famous “California” vineyards that have leftover juice from a specific vintage and grapes and they produce a limited amount of wine just for ABC Fine Wine and Spirits. The Block numbers are some sort of significance to the Bailes Family that owns ABC. […]Read More New WINES on The BLOCK From Washington!!
D.O.C.’s of Piedmont Are Great Wines Too. When us wine people think of Piedmont we think of the famous areas that produce wines from D.O.C.G areas like the Nebbiolos of Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and The Barberas of Asti and Alba and the Cortese of Gavi and the Moscato of Asti. There are some pretty darn […]Read More There is More To Piedmont Than D.O.C.G.!!
My BFF is Back.. What A Reunion! Most of you who have been following my career know that I was originally with ABC Fine Wine & Spirits but left to take on the world of being a 4 location Corporate Sommelier. During my time at ABC I was fortunate to meet many new people and […]Read More Reunited And It Feels So Good!
So Much Buzz About Chilean Pinot Noir Yes the movie Sideways you would think would be out of our minds but the effect it had on the Pinot Noir Industry is still rising the popularity of the grape. I have already posted over and over in agreement with great reviewers like Josh Reynolds that no […]Read More Chilly Outside? How ‘Bout Chile Inside?
The Northern Rhone Valley, France We have talked about being a “RHONE RANGER” in previous blogs. I am proud to say I am one. I love the Grape Varietals of the Rhone, Red and White. I still get perplexed when Wine Retailers are carrying less and less Syrah as they say customers don’t want Syrah […]Read More If You Don’t Like Syrah..You Haven’t Had A Good One Yet!
This Winery AGAIN?? I know it seems odd that I just reviewed a Merlot from Bergevin Lane and showed another picture of Annette Bergevin. Trust me, we are not in collaboration. I love Annette and the Winery but Annette will be the first to tell you that if I don’t like a vintage of their […]Read More Washington Red Blend…”Cat Got My Tongue”?
What The Heck is a Cru Bourgeois?? It really is no wonder that most wine consumers stay clear of the French Wine sections on Restaurant Wine Lists or in Wine Retail Stores. I am a Certified Level 2 Sommelier and the French especially, change their classification systems more frequently than I change my socks, and […]Read More Cru Bourgeois ??= Good Stuff!!
2012 My Favorite Vintage Ever In Oregon For those of you who know me, I still stand by my opinion that 2012 was the perfect Oregon Pinot Noir Vintage in my lifetime. The weather conditions were just perfect. To be honest, after tasting so many they all tasted the same . One was as delicious […]Read More 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir Revisited.. From Really Old Soil
Meet The Nicolis Family The history of this family has always been intimately bound to the art of wine growing. Here in San Pietro in Cariano, they are in the heart of the VALPOLICELLA (Valley Of The Many Cellars) Classico zone, and caring for their own land here has always been an important part of […]Read More This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Valpolicella!