Saint Cosme Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007

Deep garnet color; leather, smoke, tobacco, cherry, raspberry on the nose; cherry, plum, raspberry, red fruits on the palate. Continue reading “Saint Cosme Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007”

Ripeness 1-26-2022

“Ripeness” may be a winemaker’s most important decision. Ask three different winemakers their definition of ripeness, however, and it is possible you will get six different answers. Ripeness is just that complex. Continue reading “Ripeness 1-26-2022”

Vigneron-Vintner-Négociant 1-19-2021

“Vigneron” “vintner” “négociant” are wine terms. What are their exact meanings? This being wine, they don’t really have exact meanings. Here is an overview. Continue reading “Vigneron-Vintner-Négociant 1-19-2021”

Wine hangover 12-29-2021

New Year’s Eve is called “amateur drunk” night because folks who do not regularly consume alcohol decide they might as well join the “oh-be-joyous” fest on the last night of the year. Continue reading “Wine hangover 12-29-2021”

Expensive wine 12-15-2021

This being the month of lavish giving and celebration, expensive wine may be on your agenda. Here are some things to look for, and a cautionary note, too. Continue reading “Expensive wine 12-15-2021”

de Négoce OG N. 19 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2018

Pale ruby color; cherry, raspberry, spice on the nose; cherry, raspberry, cola, oak, vanilla on the palate. Continue reading “de Négoce OG N. 19 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2018”

Dramatic drop in wine production 12-1-2021

At its heart, winemaking is farming. And, at its heart, farming is an inconstant, ever-challenging enterprise. The year 2021 is a case in point. Continue reading “Dramatic drop in wine production 12-1-2021”

Decanting guidelines 11-24-2021

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. At this late date, it is likely your wine for the great American harvest feast is set. Some notes about serving it. Continue reading “Decanting guidelines 11-24-2021”