By Courtney Cochran
Each year I attend countless wine tasting events where I am inevitably plied with the wines of hundreds if not thousands of producers from our own backyard and the far corners of the globe. Along the way, I sip, swirl and spit the likes of sparkling wines from Brazil, sweet wines from Sonoma, soulful reds from Lake County and intriguing, sea-scented whites from Galicia. I also shake hands, take notes, snap pictures and invariably return home with piles upon piles of notes enthusing about the nuances of new wines and their various vintners.
What follows is a list of some of the more memorable wines I've sampled lately.
By Robert Farmer
You've heard me go on about how great custom
winemaking programs are, and how a few of them go beyond the simple
do-it-yourself drill to provide an experience you won't soon forget
- and wine you can actually drink. One such program is the popular
Crushpad, a Napa-based company that has helped set the standard for individual
By Courtney Cochran
When it comes to restaurant wine sales, the news is largely not good - for the restaurateurs, at least. To that end, the Wine Market Council - in conjunction with The Nielsen Beverage Alcohol Team - reported this winter that on-premise sales of wine have slipped dramatically from 2007 and early 2008 levels, with some restaurants even forced to shut their doors as a result of sluggish sales. Happily, there's a silver lining to this latest tale of recession-induced woe: by-the-glass sales at on-premise locations are still strong, and restaurants are responding by injecting new life - and appeal - into their BTG programs
By Robert P. Farmer
In California's Wine Country, most of the talk is about the Valleys--Napa and Sonoma. But where there's a valley, there are mountains nearby. For decades, brave winemakers have looked to the mountains as a place to claim their stake. And indeed the mountains that flank the valleys have taken on identities of their own. From Howell Mountain to Spring Mountain, the names are gaining reputation alongside the valley counterparts. The latest Wine Country mountain to peek through the clouds is Pine.