Linkin’ logs: 1-11-18

News, sports, murder most foul and more from the World Wine Web:

• I turn to my friends decidedly more often than to famous folks for my wine tips, but I gotta admit that LeBron James makes some sense here.

• I loves me a scandal, and CBS has now homed in on one in Napa.

• Old-vine zin, even with more than century-old vines, has nothing on this.

• Pretty sure I will never put a hard-to-open bottle of bubbles between my legs after reading this.

• I’ve been on a mindfulness kick, and I obviously like to drink, so mindful drinking would seem to be tailor-made for moi. Or not.

• Finally, a sound approach to enjoying fermented grape juice:





Linkin’ logs: 12-31-17

Wringing out the year on the World Wine Web:

• Does size matter? Probably so when it comes to wine glasses.

• Turns out, what goes on at harvest stays at harvest. Except when all is revealed.

• A fascinating piece from Andrew Jefford about the ties between a great novelist and a winemaker. Plenty to agree or disagree with here.

• My friend Larry delineated the story behind vintage Champagnes.

• I have been tempted of late to start growing orchids, even though I’ve killed every house plant I’ve ever owned. Now that an orchid that smells like Champagne has been found, the temptation is stronger.

• One of the fabulous things about wine is that the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. To wit: just stumbled across the word aciniform.

• Finally, as holiday trees come down, it’s worth noting that it’s not just homo sapiens who enjoy them (h/t to my friend Bill):


Linkin’ logs: 12-15-17

Don’t know much about his-to-ry, but I’m learning about that and more thanks to the InterWebs:

• The Founding Fathers loved them some Madeira, which helped foment a revolution.

• For forever and a day, I have been a big believer in vintners over vintages, and now I’m not alone.

• As it gets tougher to have wine shipped to some states, it’s Walgreen’s to the rescue (!).

• Now we’re talking: weed-and-wine tours in the offing out California way.

• There are a couple of wine-related items, but I probably would link to the annual brilliant Williams-Sonoma catalog screed regardless.

• Finally, some handy-dandy survival tips for men:



Linkin’ logs: 12-7-17

Spanning the Web to bring you the constant variety of wine news:

• Natural wines are controversial, and with good reason. I treaded gingerly when writing about them this year; others are a bit more, well, forthcoming.

• Climate change is real —  the hottest summer on record is a major factor in current wildfires that hit at least one winery — but something different might be behind the rise of sugars/alcohol levels in grapes.

• I generally shy away from political posts — unless they’re providing sage vinous advice.

• I’ve inked to this ginormous wine cellar before, but this cool video still is worth checking out.

• The insanely unwieldy Sonoma Coast appellation now has an offspring, and it’s a cool (literally and figuratively), useful one: the Petaluma Gap AVA.

• Finally, perhaps the best wine ad I’ve seen all year:


Linkin’ logs: 11-15-17

This and that from the wine world:

• So there are old vines, and then there’s this.

• So there are old wines, and then there’s this.

• I love stories that deliver on the headlines, like this one about dealing with Thanksgiving’s inevitable awkward moments.

• I knew about his wines, but I had no idea that this guy was so cool and wise.

• And then there’s this:





Notable quoteables: Vinous wisdom from the ages

I love learning what other people write about wine almost as much as I love writing about it myself. Herewith, a few snippets from eloquent wine lovers past and present:

• “I like my coffee black, my beer from Germany, wine from Burgundy, the darker, the better. I like my heroes complicated and brooding, James Dean in oiled leather, leaning on a motorcycle. You know the color.” — Barbara Crooker

• “Not only does one drink wine, but one inhales it, one looks at it, one tastes it, one swallows it, and one talks about it.”  — King Edward VII

• “Wine, starry child of earth, smooth as a golden sword, soft as lascivious velvet, wine, spiral-seashelled and full of wonder, amorous, marine; never has one goblet contained you, one song, one man, you are choral, gregarious, at the least, you must be shared.” — Pablo Neruda

• “Wine is a chemical symphony.” — Maynard Amerine

• “The beauty of great wine is revealed not by adding adornment, but by removing it.” — Alexandra Marnie Lapostolle

• “Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking Champagne.” — Oscar Wilde

• “In water one sees one’s own face, but in wine one beholds the heart of another.” — French proverb


Linkin’ logs: 11-7-17

In search of Web-ilicious delights, I uncovered these:

• My friend Elizabeth Schneider co-penned a nifty, spot-on piece on how to sound cool while ordering wine.

• Fun and funny and actually quite useful: VinePair’s guide to Thanksgiving pairing.

• Esther Mobley deftly blends the personal and the technical in this take on the aftermath of the California fires.

• Here’s the best wine review I’ve read in eons.

• I’ll be seriously bummed if I don’t get a review copy of this upcoming Salvador Dali wine book. Here’s one of my favorites among his works:



Linkin’ logs: 11-1-17

Scrollin’ away, vying for the best vinous news:

• The wrong kind of party poopers have cost a Long Island winery its license. H/T to my friend Rolf.

• Cayuse is losing gobs of money because of faulty corks. My buddy Joe sez: “I’m fairly certain that someday people will look back on cork closures like we remember eight-track tapes.”

• I love these kinds of things: When certain wines get too expensive, try these alternates.

• The Prohibition era was an endlessly fascinating time, prompting endless resourcefulness. But I never had heard about wine bricks from back in the day.

• Some spot-on postmortems on the Wine Country fires, which have proven to be the costliest in U.S. history, by Jon Bonné and Elaine Chukan Brown.

• Finally, a variation on the dating game:





Wines of the Week: Oct. 23-29

Everyday: It snowed here the other day, which means it’s time for … white wine. In recent years, I have found that the lift and energy from vibrant whites, mostly from Europe, often suit me better than big-ass reds at the end of a wintry day. The 2015 Cecchi La Mora Maremma Vermentino ($10) is just such a wine, super-clean, full of life on the palate and smooth and savory on the finish. The sun-splashed fruit cocktail of flavors doesn’t hurt, either (not to mention the price). Of course this Italian white plays well with all manner of seafood, but roasted winter squash is an equally swell accompaniment (especially this one). And ooo baby baby, would some Smokey Robinson provide another perfect pairing.

Occasion: Autumn is also a great time for Spanish reds, the topic of my latest piece as the U.S. correspondent for the Spanish Wine Lover website. One of the best ones out there, year in and out, is the Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva, a superb value at $52 for the current vintage (2009). A robust, rich nose, perfect melding of red fruit and earth and gobs of stuffing and structure are hallmarks of this gem. The finish seems to last for days. Grilled sausages, roasted lamb or beef and of course paella are splendid matches for this rustic but refined red. Ditto for the polished but rough-round-the-edges vocals of Linda Ronstadt.


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