IPA Trilogy, Part One – “Gut Feeling” Merlot¹. Livestrong bracelets. Britney. India Pale Ale. Hold up. IPAs make up fifty percent of my local beer store’s inventory. There are multitudes of breweries focused only on IPA variants, like West Coast/East Coast/No Coast, black/white/red, sour/session/quadruple,... Read more →
We love and highly recommend the following wines we've recently tasted/sampled, and have added them to our Really Good Wine List. USA Salem Wine Company Pinot Noir Rose (Eola-Amity Hills, $24) Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rose (Paso Robles, $22) FRANCE Domaine de Marquiliani Vin de Corse Gris de Marquiliani... Read more →
A powerful, brawny red blend for the modern ages, the Oyster Ridge from ANCIENT PEAKS‘ Santa Margarita Ranch is, especially in the 2013 vintage, a terrific showcase for the emerging identity of California Central Coast red wines. An area that encompasses the wine regions of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Paso Robles counties,... Read more →
Wine producers who made a great Cab in the extremely challenging 2011 Napa Valley vintage made something truly special that most likely will never be repeated. There’s something about the silky finesse, expressive red fruit notes, and stoic beauty of great 2011 Napa Cabs—ironically, qualities attributable to California’s disastrous... Read more →
If anyone orders Merlot I am leaving. I am not drinking fucking Merlot! — the notorious line from the ragged, lonesome character Miles in Alexander Payne’s movie Sideways that came out the following harvest season after the harvest of this 2003 CHATEAU PÉBY FAUGÈRES Saint-Emilion, which is made of 100% Merlot. Well, it’s clear 14... Read more →
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