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.
Happy Belated Chinese New Year. This year is “The Year Of The Pig”! Besides Chinese food, I think the basis of almost every Asian Cuisine is Pork. Whether Dim Sum, Pho, Thai, Japanese Ramen it all comes down to the Pig. Since there can be so many different preparations, from BBQ Pork Buns, […]Read More Wines For The Year Of The Pig!
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!
It’s that time of the year, even though we should be doing this sort of thinking all year round, that if men don’t do something for Valentine’s Day, they could wind up on the couch. I think we can go 2 ways when picking up wine for Valentine’s Day to share with your significant […]Read More Don’t Sleep On The Couch V.D.Day!
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!
We know I always say that “Wine is Not For Snobs”. Prosecco is a fun sparkling wine but it is NOT a Grape. It is the region it comes from. The grape varietal’s original name is Glera. In the North Central and Northeastern Region the D.O.C. Prosecco region is located in Treviso and the […]Read More D.O.C.G. Prosecco Really Is Superiore!!
When I think about all the wine producing countries in the world, I truly believe that Italy offers the most diversity. I think that just about any palate, bubbly, red, white, rose, sweet, dessert wines, dry wines, wine cellar wines, Italy offers it all. Sadly, many people when they hear me suggest Italian wine, […]Read More Italian Wines: Something for Everyone!
It’s after the holidays and a new year and many of us are financially tapped out. To me all throughout the year and even when I curated restaurant wine lists as a Sommelier, I always differ from many of my colleagues opinions. BOLD STATEMENT ALERT!!!! CLOSE YOUR EYES FELLOW SOMMS. “No Wine Is Worth […]Read More Wine’s All About The QPR!!!
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
Another New Year. I am hopeful as we started 2019 I notice a change in the large percentage of the consumers I speak to on a daily basis. Many but more than last year are not relying on phone apps, points, tasting notes or brand names any longer. I see many retaining the information […]Read More 2019! Wine Consumers Willing To Learn!