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Blog Profile / Vinography


URL :http://www.vinography.com/
Filed Under:Food & Drink / Wine
Posts on Regator:1584
Posts / Week:4.4
Archived Since:February 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 20, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a lovely Roussanne from Truchard Vineyards in Napa's Carneros district. Show More Summary

A Grape By Any Other Name

That fabric of our existence, the culture in which we find ourselves immersed, remains a rich symbol of the lives, both significant and insignificant, that came before. We live in a palimpsest of existence. Wine, as a part of that culture,...Show More Summary

Setting a New Bar for Oregon Pinot: Brittan Vineyards

Expressed briefly, making a great wine is rather simple. You find the right piece of ground; you put the right grapes in; you tend them well and harvest them at the right time; and then you smash them together and nudge the product gently...Show More Summary

Vinography Images: The Chaos of Crush

The Chaos of Crush A load of grapes enters a crusher destemmer in the midst of harvest in Sonoma County. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Show More Summary

Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 13, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included...Show More Summary

2014 - Worth Celebrating

Some years are unarguably more momentous than others. The question is whether we can really recognise them without the benefit of hindsight. History may prove me wrong, but as 2014 comes to a close I'm prepared to declare it one of the...Show More Summary

Vinography Images: New Growth

New Growth A grape tendril unfurls in a Sonoma County vineyard. All the rain this week has most of us thinking about what comes after the vines emerge from this winter hibernation they just entered. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this imageShow More Summary

Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 7, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a few more recent releases from Medlock Ames in Sonoma's Alexander Valley. Show More Summary

Holiday Gifts Worth Giving to Wine Lovers

Giving gifts to wine lovers during the holidays can be a royal pain. Especially if your recipient tends to have many of the basics covered when it comes to wine. That's not even considering the royal pains that people like me tend to be for prospective gift givers. Show More Summary

A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal

"I have been condemned to death four times," says the man that everyone calls Senhor Baron with a smile that emerges broadly from underneath his thin mane of snow-white hair and droopy eyelids, "but as you can see, here I am." It isShow More Summary

Vinography Images: Lonely Berries

Lonely berries A lonely, stunted group of Cabernet Sauvignon berries pokes through the canopy in an Alexander Valley vineyard in Sonoma County. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Show More Summary

Come Taste Wine With Me at the Commonwealth Club: December 17, San Francisco

I'll admit it. I'm basking a little bit in the glow of having my book, The Essence of Wine, included in the New York Times list of best wine books of 2014. As many of you know, I've been doing a series of events to both promote the book and to simply enjoy wine with anyone interested in the subject around the Bay Area. Show More Summary

What do You Really Smell in That Glass?

While biologists have recently established that our relationship with alcohol may stretch back more than 10 million years, that still doesn't mean we can reliably stick our noses in a glass and figure out what it is we are smelling. Night blooming jasmine. Show More Summary

Vinography Images: Cold Snap

Cold Snap Most of America is experiencing the first serious cold front of the winter, and plenty of grape leaves lie encased in ice like this one from Sonoma county. Many more are already buried under snow elsewhere in the country. INSTRUCTIONS: Download...Show More Summary

Cincinnati Here I Come!

Hey, all you folks in Cincinnati, come have a drink with me! I'm coming to town to promote my book, The Essence of Wine. It's a short trip, but I'm trying to pack a lot in. The main event is an afternoon of wine tasting and talking about the book at 1215 Wine Bar. Show More Summary

Happy Thanksgiving from Vinography

I am thankful for the fact that I am still alive, and healthy, and able to enjoy my life. I am thankful for my family and my friends and those who have touched my life in so many wonderful ways. I am grateful for the privilege to live...Show More Summary

Vinography Unboxed: Week of November 23, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a major accomplishment for me: I have officially unboxed and sorted every wine sample in my basement. Show More Summary

Putting a Cork in Your Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety

Judging from media coverage alone, no other holiday in America instills as much wine anxiety as does Thanksgiving. From bloggers to television hosts to nearly every newspaper wine column in the country, wine advice pours forth to salve...Show More Summary

Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey

In the pantheon of global wine regions, Portugal doesn't rank among the most storied, at least as far as the average wine lover is concerned. Most wine drinkers have heard of, if not tasted Port, the dark, rich dessert wine named after the town at the mouth of the Douro river in the country's north. Show More Summary

Vinography Images: Rain at Last

Rain at Last A double rainbow frames Sonoma county vineyards. Northern California finally got a good rainstorm this week. We still desperately need more, but it was a good start. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on...Show More Summary

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