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Vinography Images: Platt Sunrise

Platt Sunrise OCCIDENTAL, CA: Sunrise at the famed Platt Vineyard near Occidental, California. Once a land of redwoods, apple orchards, and ranches, western Sonoma County has become one of the hottest growing regions for Pinot Noir and...Show More Summary

Domaine des Ormes Saumur 2014: an amazing value Loire red

Occasionally I taste a wine with no idea of where it’s sourced from or how much it costs. This is one of those wines, and when I found out it was an inexpensive supermarket wine, I was stunned. So I tasted it again, from a bottle that had been open two days, and it was [...]

We have the wrong map: how false directions impede our search for happiness

A while ago I posted on happiness, and in the short essay I mentioned that one reason people might be unhappy is that they have false beliefs about how happiness might be attained. I am walking along a London street. I am approached by a tourist. She speaks good English, but they are clearly lost. I’m [...]

In the Douro: Vallado

Francisco Ferreira After visiting Vallado’s property in the Douro Superior earlier in the week, it was time to visit the original Quinta, which is on the border of the Baixo and Cima Corgo subregions. Vallado has some lovely old vineyards, and we tasted the whites at the top of the hill with Francisco Ferreira, winemaker [...]

Why is Porto Overtaking Paris for Shopping and Design

3 days agoFood & Drink / Wine : CataVino

Chadner Navarro recently published a fantastic article in Bloomberg  highlighting why Porto is surpassing Paris as “the” shopping capital of Europe. There’s a good reason for it. Porto isn’t just an architectural wonder, with its technicolored tiles and vaulting domes, it’s a hotbed of creativity! Just hang out at a […]

Foot-treading grapes at Quinta de Vargellas, Douro

One of the remarkable things about Port wine is foot treading grapes. For top quality Port, it’s necessary to extract as much as possible from the skins as fast as possible, but also as gently as possible. The best way to do this is in shallow fermentation vessels called lagares, which are usually made of [...]

Rotie Cellars 2011 “Southern Blend” Red, Walla Walla (WA)

Impolite, brash, and barely keeping it together. The hot mess that is Rotie Cellars is the greatest thing in wine that I have seen in awhile. We all know the aristocratic wines of Napa and Bordeaux. Plus, too many folks in the […] The post Rotie Cellars 2011 “Southern Blend” Red, Walla Walla (WA) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 9/18/16

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Enjoy. Wine trader goes from cellar to prison cell And good riddance. U.S. Show More Summary

Wine and Tech - a Dismal Marriage

On Sunday 31 July 2016 one of the most innovative pieces of software ever developed for the wine industry was shut down by the company that purchased it a little more than a year before. Despite having literally thousands of winery customers...Show More Summary

Eat a Peach

I did not want to hear what I knew would be bad news. But she delivered the feared message anyway. The lady at the farmers market from whom I'd been buying perfect peaches from for the last month nonchalantly announced that this would be her last market for the season. Show More Summary

In the Douro: Quinta do Crasto

Quinta do Crasto is one of the most beautiful properties in the Douro, perched on a steeply sloped promontory sticking out from the right bank of the Douro, in the heart of the Cima Corgo. We parked our rental car in Pinhão and caught the train to Ferrão. It’s a 7 minute ride along the bank [...]

In the Douro: Quinta do Vale D. Maria

Cristiano Van Zeller We arrived at Vale Dona Maria late afternoon in a torrential downpour. A rather sodden Cristiano Van Zeller walked over to us and greeted us: this is the third time I’ve visited in four years. It’s a beautiful spot, and Cristiano purchased it from his wife’s family back in 1996 when it [...]

Lagar de Bezana 2011 “Aluvion” Gran Reserva, Rapel Valley (Chile)

A beautiful wine with dense smoke and incense aromas. It’s lushly textured with deep soft tannins and flavors that pool into creme de cassis and ocean air. The finish is long with saturated fruit and asian spices. A few other thoughts: When I teach […] The post Lagar de Bezana 2011 “Aluvion” Gran Reserva, Rapel Valley (Chile) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 11, 2016

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

Answering questions about achieving online success

Wineanorak as it looked back in 2000 I was recently asked some questions (quite good ones) by someone researching a book. It took a while to answer, so I thought I’d share the responses here. 1) Tell me about your life before your wine blog. What was going on in your personal and professional life that [...]

Vinography Images: At the Lakeside

At the Lakeside PENTICTON, CANADA: Hillside vineyards in the Naramata Bench wine region near downtown Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Located across the U.S. Border in the northeast corner of Washington State, the Okanagan Valley...Show More Summary

Castellani 2013 “San Michele” Valpolicella Classico Ripasso

Some call this style a “Baby Amarone” which is kinda like comparing a ribeye steak to a cheesesteak. Sure they come from the same place, and they both are damn delicious, but that’s where the similarities end. If you aren’t sure what […] The post Castellani 2013 “San Michele” Valpolicella Classico Ripasso appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

The Undiscovered Sweetness of Portuguese Honey

When people think of Portugal, rarely do they think of its rich honey culture. Perfectly grilled fish, sumptuous breads and diverse wines are commonly touted as “must try Portuguese foods“, but honey never gets any play. It should, because Portuguese honey is not only delectable but is used in heaps of […]

In the Douro: Vale Meão

Vale Meão is an important property in the Douro Superior. It traces its history as a Quinta back to the end of the late 19th century, when Dona Antónia Ferreira was the first to plant vineyards in this part of the Douro. It was a difficult time for the regional council, and to raise funds, [...]

Mother and friend. Sexism and silvaner

"Go ahead, you don't have to stay with me," Ethel said. Ethel, that's my no-longer-89-year-old, still doing the daily drive in from Long Beach to 'the place' on the Bowery, Mom. (Jewelry, if you must know.) A few days back she had cataract surgery. Show More Summary

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