Good Ole Doc

Doc discusses the issues surrounding North Santa Barbara, Gaviota Coast and Santa Ynez vincinity. I really find myself wanting to move and buy property here. Close enough to LA, but far enough away[ … ]

Tether Me No More

I'm encouraged about the future of Bluetooth. I remember just a few short years ago wondering through the “Bluetooth” pavilion at Comdex thinking how much of life would be made[ … ]

Pinot & Condrieu

1999 Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Pisoni Vineyard (California) The Pisoni Vineyard is home to some of the finest Pinot Noir grapes in California. Producers from Ojai, Testarossa, Arcadian[ … ]

Let Me Test You!

I Test. Therefore I Am. Every take one of these silly online personality disorder tests? Well I did. And here is my diagnosis. Well, the disclaimer assures me that only a professional can diagnose me[ … ]

Getting Screwed

Screw tops for every bottle of wine under $15? Frederic Koeppel reports on VinExpo the Internatinal Wine Exposition held for the first time in the United States. Where? Jacob Javitz Center in New[ … ]


More professionals point to revamping French Age-Old Wine Laws.. The French Government must accept the radical overhaul to its wine laws proposed in a report by the CAP 2010 group of leading industry[ … ]


Even Wine Can Be Scary at Halloween. Yakima Herald Republic Oct 30 2002 7:08PM ET [Moreover – Wine news]


First Known Cobloggeration. Making Music Over Blogs. Frank Sinatra did it. Natalie Cole did it with her dad (from archived recordings) and now Scott Andrew LePera and Shannon Cambell have created[ … ]


Cooking with wine: Risotto with Portobello Mushrooms and Red Wine. Seattle Times Oct 30 2002 9:24AM ET [Moreover – Wine news]

End of the Line for a 'Free Bird

Music producer Tom Dowd, who died on Sunday, achieved prominence for making some of the finest recordings for Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. But he had a hand[ … ]

More Blogging From Doonesbury

If you haven't been following the blogging commentary from Gary Trudeau in his internationally syndicated Doonesbury comic strip, check it out here: Thursday and Friday. For the earlier Blog[ … ]


1997 White Rock Vineyards Claret, Napa Valley I received this wine as a gift some time ago. I don't know much of the history or the story of this Napa Valley producer. This is the first time[ … ]

Morning Ride.

Mornings Made Better. What a great thing to do. Take the 15 mile bike ride around Newport Beach's back bay. It refreshes your mind, gets your blood pumping the the scenery is phenomenal.


“J” La Jota. Howell Mountain. 13th Anniversary Release. Thirteen is lucky. For Bill & Joan Smith who sold the La Jota brand to the owners of Markham just about two years ago, this[ … ]

Merlot. Revisited

Ok. So instead of Syrah, I was compelled to open another bottle of 1999 Merlot.. Was I crazy. Could that Carneros $40 bottle of Mondavi merlot be so bad. Did I just not like the terroir from Carneros[ … ]


I love Syrah.. More and more people are drinking it. Tonight I'll open a bottle of Novy. Look for notes on that later. While my cellar is stacked with cabernet and bordeaux style wines, these[ … ]


Tainted Viognier. Viognier is more susceptible to taint from cork than almost any other grape variety, according to Louisa Rose, winemaker at Yalumba with special responsibility for Viognier…[ … ]

Mondavi. Profit?

Robert Mondavi swings to profit from loss. Winemaker Robert Mondavi Corp. on Thursday posted a quarterly profit compared with a loss a year ago, when wine sales were hit by the aftermath of the Sept[ … ]