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Tasting Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet with Alder Yarrow As part of the VH1 Storytellers series, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson record an acoustic album together. For classic country fans, like myself, it’s a beautiful moment bringing two of the greats together. In the liner notes Cash explains how sitting side-by-side with Nelson on stage, Cash couldn’t help but envy Nelson’s picking ability.
Hawk Wakawaka Wall Pieces Available by Request iPhoto snapshot of a Melville Estate Pinot components tasting Recently a number of people have written to ask if I draw wall piece size renditions of my wine drawings.
Jr Makes a Movie: Go Jr! This summer Jr, aka. Rachel, had a heck of a summer. It started first with a month on a commercial salmon fishing boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska working with a life long friend of ours. She then joined an OMSI summer camp for two weeks making a documentary in the California Redwoods ...
The Pottery and Winemaking of Alentejo 200 year old Talhas, or wine pottery of Alentejo, at Esporao, Sept, 2014 (the vessels shown here are both well over 7ft tall) Romans brought the tradition of making wine in clay vessels to what is now known as Portugal.
The October Wine & Spirits Magazine In its October issue, the Wine & Spirits crew puts a close eye on the San Francisco Bay Area, and hones in on New & Notable wine options throughout the extended Bay Area from the city, into East Bay, and up into Wine Country. There are some fantastic new places well worth checking out, and cool concepts for new restaurants and wine bars included.
Growing the Vinho Verde: The Wines of OLO In the Basto zone of Vinho Verde, Jorge Quinta of OLO at Quinta da Val-Bôa grows white wines that bring together lifted texture–all lightness and length–with rich flavor. It’s a young project that has already garnered international attention, carrying distribution in the UK, and being regarded as one of the best wines of Portugal for 2014.
Visiting Bragao Vineyard in the Cima Corgo of the Douro In the heart of the Cima Corgo grow the highest quality vines of the Douro, in the hands of the best producer capable of giving layered mountain complexity with a lift of freshness on table wines, the same fruit somehow lively even in the richness of port wine.
Photos from Visiting the Douro with Quinta Dos Murcas After two days in Alentejo we drove to the Cima Corgo region of the Douro to spend a day with Assobio, and Quinta Dos Murcas.
Portugal: A Day in Alentejo with Esporao After a day of travel, we arrived to Lisbon early morning, then drove southeast, checking into a hotel in UNESCO World Heritage site, Evora, Portugal. The city stands within a 15th c. outer standing wall, with the center including portions of an 11th c. fortification. Ancient megolithic monuments, 3rd century B.C.
The New Le Metro Volume with Wines from Spain Aaron Epstein, curator of Le Metro. Wine. Underground., decided it was time to switch things up by going even deeper into his inspirational roots. For Vol XVI of Le Metro, he recalled that it was actually Spain before Italy that triggered his thirst for wine.
The TTB Extends Comment Period on the Proposed Expansion of the Sta Rita Hills map of the current Sta Rita Hills AVA, the proposed expansion would be in the Northeast Late last week the TTB announced it was extending the comment period for Notice No. 145, Proposed Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills Viticultural Area until December 5, 2014.
A Look at the Aftermath of the Napa Earthquake in Men’s Health “Does anyone know where the pets’ food ended up?” Jill Klein Matthiasson calls out over the noise. A jack hammer cracks against what was the brick staircase to the front door of her historic yellow farmhouse, while 10 of us—volunteers and friends—pack and move boxes from the first floor.
Poe Wines Pinot Meunier from Van Der Kamp Vineyard Yesterday, Samantha Sheehan, and Shawn Johnson of Poe Wines, and I traveled to the Van Der Kamp Vineyard near the top of Sonoma Mountain in order to pick up Pinot Meunier. Along with just picked Pinot Noir, the fruit has been pressed for rosé. Following is a look at the beautiful, while obscure variety.
A Look at Napa Valley Rachel and I walked downtown Napa yesterday taking pictures. A room from the second floor of the building that held Carpe Diem, a restaurant that hosted a bitching locals’ night making wine bottles half-off on Tuesdays, now sits on the sidewalk below. The roof dangles over it.
Antica Terra with Maggie Harrison Maggie Harrison in the Antica Terra Winery, visit August 2012 Two weeks ago, Jamie Goode and I spent the evening visiting with Maggie Harrison, tasting her Antica Terra wines after walking the vineyard. Jamie writes up her Antikythera 2011 Pinot Noir here. Two years ago, Maggie and I met and discussed her views of Chardonnay, among other things.
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