Beaujolais Nouveau Day and Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

It’s the third Thursday of November and that means it’s time for the Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 release. No, the timing has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, although the wine is great paired with Thanksgiving dinner. Beaujolai Nouveau literally means New … Continue reading

WBC 14 Speed Tasting: Ooo, Do We Go With the Bad Boy or The Sensitive One?

Speed Dating – we mean Tasting continued. When we left you last week, we had just finished some highlights of a round of white wines – all insanely yummy – while attending last month’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Buellton, California. … Continue reading

Speed Tasting at the Wine Bloggers Conference – Oh, You Little Flirt!

You’re in a hotel ballroom, the noise level is rising like the tides, and just when you get to like one, the next one shows up. Is this any way to build a relationship? Well, the nice folks at the … Continue reading

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Wine

As we noted in our last post, our favorite wine for Thanksgiving dinner is the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau. From the Beaujolais region of France, it’s the first wine to appear from the current harvest. In other words, yes, … Continue reading

Riedel’s Variety-Specific Glasses? Busted, Baby!

We love Riedel glassware. The stuff is gorgeous. It’s light and beautifully crafted. It just feels elegant sipping wine from it. However, we’ve always been rather skeptical about their claim that their variety-specific glasses actually make a significant difference in … Continue reading

Nine Wines Nine! Library Tasting Notes

Last Friday, we were again asked to help out at the Altadena Public Library’s Art Salon – part of the library’s fabulous Art on Millionaire’s Road annual art show. If you were at last spring’s fundraising wine and cheese event, … Continue reading

Flying Goat 2007 Pinot Noir Salisbury Vineyard

Type: Dry red What makes it special: A pinot noir that’s not from the Santa Rita Hills. Plays well with: pork, lamb, salmon, cheese. The 2007 Flying Goat Pinot Wine comes from San Luis Obispo, a little farther up the … Continue reading

Longoria 2009 Pinot Grigio

Type: Dry white What makes it special: Italian grape finding a great home in Santa Barbara county. Plays well with: Salads, seafood, creamy sauces. We are celebrating this humble, but lovely treat of a wine for a couple reasons. First … Continue reading

Sawtooth 2007 Viognier

Type: Dry white Made with: Viognier Plays well with: Cheese, light sauces, chicken dishes We’re always on the lookout for grapes in unusual places.  So Michael was pretty stoked when he found the Sawtooth 2007 Viognier from Idaho among the … Continue reading

Dancing Coyote 2009 Verdelho

Type: Dry white Made with: Verdelho Plays well with: Cream sauces, sharp cheeses, non-oily fish If folks know about verdelho, they know it  primarily as a blending grape in its native Chianti, Italy. But winemakers in Portugal have been making … Continue reading