If It’s Cold, It’s Sold: Prà Morandina Valpolicella

Posted on: June 29th, 2019 by

As a retail wine guy, one of the mantras of the business (and grocery in general) is “Stack it high and watch it fly.” For any beverage (beer/wine/cider/soda/water) the other old saw is “If it’s cold, it’s sold.” You don’t see red wine a lot, if ever, in the cooler, though. That’s changing, as more [More]

What is the difference between a white wine glass and a red wine glass?

Posted on: June 27th, 2019 by
White wine glasses, red wine glasses. What's the difference?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably [More]

An Unexpected Duo at Dutton-Goldfield

Posted on: June 18th, 2019 by
Idyllic setting for a wine tasting at Dutton-Goldfield.

Rightfully best-known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Dutton-Goldfield is a winery with a few tricks up its sleeve. Well, not tricky-type tricks, because that implies some kind of sleight-of-hand or tomfoolery. Rather a couple of surprises. Two unique bottles were part of a recent samples shipment the winery sent to me. (Thanks, DG.) Dutton-Goldfield 2018 [More]

Answering Wine Questions on Quora

Posted on: June 10th, 2019 by

I’ve become a regular reader of Quora, a question-and-answer website, because of the interesting queries posed. Now, my definition of “interesting” is quite…broad. Examples from my most recent Quora Digest: What are some of the biggest hoaxes in history? Have any actors or actresses watched their careers get destroyed by being in a superhero movie? [More]

This Italian White Wine Belongs in Your Cellar and It’s a Great Value

Posted on: June 1st, 2019 by

In the halls of legendary wines rewarding decades of patience in a subterranean cellar, surely reds reign supreme. Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barolo, and beyond. But at a recent media dinner I was flabbergasted by the ageability and affordability* of an Italian white wine: Garofoli Verdicchio. This winery is making surprising whites, recalibrating any notion that cellaring wines [More]

This Wine is Indestructible

Posted on: May 29th, 2019 by
The Salento vineyard producing grapes for the Cantele Amativo.

Sometimes you defeat a wine, sometimes a wine defeats you. This was my experience with a recent sample bottle of Cantele Amativo. I tried my darndest to tame it, but had to give in and be humbled in/by its presence. This is an Italian wine from the Salento region. Located within Puglia, the heel of [More]

Here’s $37. Buy a bottle of Prosecco.

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by

Prosecco: cheap fizz. And…scene. It’s mind-boggling to think about the ascent and success of this Italian bubbly in the last decade or so, but one of the final hurdles for the region/category is to realize it’s not just inexpensive, cheerful, and a little cloying. I can think of no better prescription for overcoming these preconceptions [More]

Teaching a Wine Class in Reno: Part II

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 by

Hello from Reno! I am back again to visit my Mom and teach another wine class for her and a group of neighbors. If you missed my last one, it was all about Syrah. This time, I’m focusing on some grapes deserving more love. It’s a smokin’ lineup, if I do say so myself. I [More]