Celebrity Wines Are Not All Bad Unlike many athletes or celebrities who lend their name to a wine brand, David Frost and his family have been in the wine business in South Africa for over 60 years. His father’s vineyard was the first place he hit balls and the pocket money he made from picking […]Read More Golfer’s Pinotage Is Par For The Course
Tough To Do Reviews On Friends See!!! I am a sucker for Dimples!! Those of you who have been regular blog readers from over 10 years ago, you know that I have talked about this lady above Annette Bergevin AKA :Dimples, AKA : Wine Gal. In 2002 the shared dreams of 2 best friends of […]Read More The Devil…She’s Back In My Life!
I Miss Being A Wine Buyer! Every so often since I am not the head honcho of Wine Buying, I get to feel like a Restaurant Sommelier again when aWine Supplier surprises me with a visit to taste me on some wines. Even better when it is an Italian Wine Broker who supplies ABC with […]Read More This Ripasso Rings A “Bell”!
It’s been years since the Sideways movie came out and yet the effects on wine lover’s buying habits still has consumers everyday telling me they HATE MERLOT. I have posted stuff like this before but after my trip to Bordeaux and drinking 100% Merlots that are such a totally inverse expression of the Grape […]Read More Still Not Drinking Any Freaking Merlot?
It All Started With White Zinfandel Women yes Women, who weren’t really lovers of dry wines, fell in love with a pseudo grape called White Zinfandel. First of all it is as you know not White it is Pink or Rose color. Secondly, I am not even certain if there is any Zinfandel in it […]Read More Too Much Of A Good Thing…..
One of the most famous French Wines in the World is from the area in the Southern Rhone Valley in France is called Chateauneuf Du Pape (The New Home Of The Popes). There are 13 grape varietals permitted to use in this area. For the Reds the most popular or widely used are Grenache, Syrah […]Read More A Poor Man’s Chateauneuf Du Pape
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.!!
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!
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!!