Last week I tasted a cross section of Trefethen varietals, chosen by owner Janet Trefethen, as means of showing how the wines from the winery in the Oak Knoll District of Napa have evolved in style. The 1987 Riesling was amazingly fresh and vibrant, with tangy nectarine flavors.
You think you know things about people, but of course you can only know so much. I knew the severity of Tom Shelton’s health in the past week, since so many of his friends kept me in the loop out of their love and concern for him and his family.
Chateau Montelena is a marquee name among Napa Valley Cabernets, but from a bygone era. The winery, which had been rumored to be for sale , was purchased this past weekend by Michel Reybier of Château Cos-d'Estournel.
Batman or ABBA? Contrasting cinema styles did battle last week when two potential blockbusters opened in movie theaters. I was amused this past weekend to hear about all the excitement and anticipation for the newest Batman film, The Dark Knight , which seemed to win out with movie fans (and their money), although the feel-good musical Mamma Mia! drew well, too.
You might think it’s easy to name a wine brand. I know many people right now who are wrestling with what to call their new wine. Some have common last names already in use, and therefore can't use them.
President Bush is scheduled to visit Napa Valley on Thursday to tour California and assess damages caused by this summer’s wildfires. Here’s a piece of friendly, non-partisan advice: embrace California wine, or for that matter, American wine and include all the states.
I completely missed Sideways. By the time I saw the film it had been a box-office hit for months. And having not seen the movie early on (and Miles’ trashing of Merlot and the subsequent Pinot Noir craze ), I couldn’t anticipate the impact those two wine themes had on the wine market.
Hot weather has arrived, and it’s rosé time. I had just returned from the market and started unpacking the groceries, with ingredients for a tomato-watermelon-mozzarella salad, when my neighbor stopped by.
Almost lost in the discussion (and a good one at that) about selling what could be wines of marginal quality is the whole matter of pricing older wines. It seems to me that in many restaurants, wines are priced by age, or scarcity, and not necessarily quality.
Some time ago I encountered a half-bottle of 1968 Beaulieu Vineyard Burgundy Napa Valley on a great wine list at a fancy restaurant. I was tempted to buy it, since this wine—a blend of mostly Cabernet, but also I believe some Pinot Noir and perhaps Gamay—in its youth was a delicious cuvée.
Returning to the gym this a.m. reminded me that taking time off from any routine requires—no, make that forces—a re-entry reality. Vacations are supposed to be a relaxing break from the norm. Mine was.
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