Category: Ramblings and Rants

Mexican-american dinner party circa 2018

California’s Latino-owned Wineries Mushroom

The first people to make wine in California were almost certainly Mexicans. In the latter half of the 18th century,

The Wine World Owes Women More Than an Apology, It Owes Them a Reckoning

Horrifically depressing is really the only way to describe it. Yet even in the midst of that hollow-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach combination of

collage of wine lists

Wine List Design: Avoiding the Pitfalls

I will admit it. I’m one of those people who really enjoy reading through restaurant wine lists. I suppose that’s

crush the vote

US Wine Finally Embraces Politics

For the longest time, the American wine industry has managed to maintain an apolitical veneer, steering clear of endorsements or

burned car from Glass Fire

Napa Licks Its Wounds and Holds Its Breath

As of this morning, the Glass Fire, which burned more than 67,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma Counties is 97%

charred vines

Napa Wineries Ask ‘What now?’ As They Survey Glass Fire Wreckage

The following is the introduction to an article I penned for Club Oenologique, a fantastic new online magazine out of

map of evacuation warnings

The Next 48 Hours May Shape Napa Valley For Years to Come

At 9:32 AM this morning, the Napa County Office of Emergency Services issued its latest set of evacuation warnings in

burned home

Napa and Sonoma Burn Again. Horribly.

I don’t know how coherent this particular piece is going to be, as I watch the social media evidence of

Orange skies above Lamborn Vineyards

Harvest of Fear

Writing a column about the state of harvest on America’s west coast in the face of historic wildfires seems to

supertanker

Donate to the 2020 Wine Country Fire Relief Fund

Donate Now Wine country, and the people that live there are hurting. Badly. Covid-19 was a sucker punch to the

Portrait of Ken Zinns

The Unsung Urban Wine Hero

His name doesn’t appear on wine bottles. He is not a winery employee. He doesn’t even make his living in

Front page of Hungarian Winemakers Journal

Hungarian Wine Authorities Don’t Seem to Know Anything About Wine

The people in charge of Hungarian wine seem to believe that orange wine, pétillant naturel, natural wines, low-sulfur wines, and

Channeling Bob Ross

Channeling Bob Ross to Bring You “The Joy of Wine Tasting”

It’s been months since I’ve had a haircut, and not one to miss an opportunity, I thought I might as

Wine glass and plate of food

Drinking While Eating is Not Food and Wine Pairing

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece entitled “Food and Wine Pairing is Junk Science” in which I

Katherine Power and Cameron Diaz

‘Clean Wine’ is a Commercial Scam

Much ado is being made of the latest entry in a long line of celebrity wine brands. Actor Cameron Diaz

Richard Betts

No Regrets From US Ex MSs

The killing of George Floyd changed so many things, so quickly, and shifted conversations in almost every facet of life.

Eileen Crane

The Doyenne of California Sparkling Wine Steps Down

After 42 vintages, 30 of which were as the founding winemaker and CEO of Domaine Carneros, Eileen Crane (seen above

wall of wine

The (Brief) New Era of Unbelievable Wine Deals

For anyone looking for discount pricing on their favorite luxury California wines, we have just entered perhaps the best time

MS pin

Sommelier Richard Betts Throws Away His Pin

Today, Master Sommelier Richard Betts told the world that he no longer wants to be a Master Sommelier. He is