Millennials and Wine

Recently I’ve read a number of articles about millennials and the future of wine consumption. A few points that these articles highlighted were 1) the desire for stories and narratives surrounding a wine and 2) desire and excitement for different or unusual wines—the article I was reading used Slovenian Chardonnay and pet-nat wines as the … More Millennials and Wine

Another Awesome Aussie Wine: Brash Higgins NDV Nero d’Avola 2013

Highlighting another delicious wine from Australia. Far from producing only big, fruit-forward Shiraz, Australia is also making some delicious, unusual wines these days that (when you can find them) are fantastic deals! For example, I recently just finished a bottle Brash Higgins NDV Nero d’Avola 2013. I discovered it via K&L wine merchants Insiders Advantage … More Another Awesome Aussie Wine: Brash Higgins NDV Nero d’Avola 2013

PLONK

I’ve recently discovered, courtesy of Richard Hemming’s blog, a wonderful little Australian TV comedy called Plonk. Essentially, three guys set out to make a wine show and end up destroying everything in the process. Its a wonderful satire on media and wine culture, with some wonderful cameos from some of Australia’s leading winemakers. It’s actually … More PLONK

Tasting the Cote Challonaise: The wines of A&P de Villaine

Most serious wine drinkers (especially Burgundy lovers like myself) will know of Domaine Romanee Conti, or DRC. Domaine Romanee Conti makes some of the most sought after and greatest wines in the world (and hence some of the most expensive). This is because of a combination of history and great terroir: DRC owns vines in … More Tasting the Cote Challonaise: The wines of A&P de Villaine

A Crash-course in Champagne: IMW Champagne Tasting 2015

A few weeks ago, I attended the Institute of Masters of Wine’s annual Champagne Tasting in San Francisco. Over 100 different Champagnes, from blanc de blancs to zero-dosage to vintage blends from the grande marques and grower producers were poured and tasted in a little over two hours. This was only the second large-scale tasting … More A Crash-course in Champagne: IMW Champagne Tasting 2015

A visit to the oldest operating winery in the US

When one thinks of Los Angeles, one immediately thinks of entertainment, the film industry, or the beaches, but rarely wine. Everyone knows that California wine country is located further north. However, few people know that in the early 20th century, before Prohibition, tons of wineries existed further south, centered in LA. Now, the San Antonio … More A visit to the oldest operating winery in the US