Calibration Tasting Time, Thanks to Mirassou Sunset Red

Truth be told, we’ve never been big fans of the whole pay for play phenomenon – where companies send bloggers their products in exchange for a nice blurb or review. Blame it on Anne’s journalistic background, where there was this … 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

Face Time with the Grape Herders – Upcoming Wine Events in SoCal

People ask us all the time where can they go to learn about wine. Well, aside from reading OddBallGrape.com on a regular basis, wine events, such as Grand Tastings and festivals, are a great opportunity to learn. You can taste … 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

Pinot Days Means Lots and Lots of Pinot

Tasting events are an amazingly cool way to find out about a lot of wine at one time. Most feature a region or even a single grape, such as Pinot Days, dedicated to the heartbreak grape that is Pinot Noir. … Continue reading

Celebrity Wine FAQ – Jane Seymour

When we asked actor Jane Seymour for her wine FAQ, she didn’t have one. “You know, I grew up with wine.  My mother was a wine merchant.  I tasted Givery Chambertin at, probably, eight,” said the actor who is currently … Continue reading

La Fenetre 2006 Cargasacchi Pinot Noir

Type: Dry redMade With: Pinot Noir grapesPlays Well With: Salmon, pork or grilled beef. This is a wine that is all about balance – no mean trick when it comes to the notoriously finicky pinot noir grape. Winemaker and founder … Continue reading

Vergari 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Type: Dry redMade with: Pinot NoirPlays well with: Strong cheeses, red meats The Vergari 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a premium example of a California pinot noir.  Which is not to say that it is a copy of a … Continue reading

Vergari Wines

It happened a few months ago, but one day, Michael gets an email in his personal box inviting him and a guest to a tasting at a local contractor’s store near us.  Huh?  It was from David Vergari – a … Continue reading

Schug 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Pinot noir is Walter Schug’s signature wine – the wine he grew up on, the wine that he started his winery to make.  And Schug does know how to handle it. There’s a reason pinot noir is known as the … Continue reading