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Vitkin Winery: An Israeli Journey

The tag line for Vitkin is “an Israeli journey through vineyards and varieties.”

Locations Wines Online Wine Tasting

Last week we participated in an online tasting of the wines from Locations Wines. We were sent Locations E, F and I. Each wine was a blend.

Opening our Qvevri for the 2016 Vidal Blanc

On Sunday we opened our qvevri and tasted our Vidal Blanc that was sealed in the qvevri on its skins since December. A pictorial essay follows.

You’ve Hear of New World Wines and Old World Wines. How About Ancient World Wines?

There is such a thing as ancient world winemaking and wines. The process of making wine in buried earthen vessels, called qvevri, is the only winemaking process to have been placed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. There is very little qvevri winemaking outside the country Georgia. However there are a few winemakers […]

A Spanish Food and Wine Night

Kathy and I provided wine for a food group that meets quarterly for a themed dinner. The spring dinner focused on Spanish dishes. We were asked to provide the wines. An appetizer prior to the presentation included Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo). For the dinner there was paella, gazpacho and Spanish-Style Grilled Vegetables with […]

Stagecoach Vineyard Sold to Gallo

Normally a headline like this would not grab my attention. However, I have two vintages of wine in my wine room that Kathy and I made with grapes sourced from Stagecoach Vineyard in the Atlas Peak and Pitchard Hill sub-AVAs of Napa Valley.

Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc

With both of our daughters pregnant, we recall our time in the country Georgia where the people  make wine using an ancient method often accompanied with ancient wisdom. We were told, “It is not natural to rip a child away from it mother at birth. Why do modern white winemakers rip the juice from the […]

Rías Baixas Albariño: the Next Exotic White Wine

On Tuesday, we were invited to an Albariño wine tasting at Succotash, a restaurant at National Harbor in Maryland. The Albariño wines were from the Rías Baixas region of Galicia, Spain. The restaurant was an interesting choice. Rather than Spanish tapas, Succotash specializes in a Southern menu. This did not seem to phase the Albariño. […]

Do Sparkling Wine Glasses Make a Difference?

During the last couple years I have judged several sparkling wine competitions. For those judging sessions, the judges used white wine glasses. At home I never use a white wine glass with a sparkling wine, preferring a flute glass instead. The white wine glass does allow you to notice the aroma better than the flute. […]

Adler Fels’ Delicious Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Kathy and I received two wines to sample from Adler Fels winery in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County. Both wines were tasted in varietal specific Riedel stemware. Occasionally I’ll taste a wine that immediately evokes a memory. That experience occurred with a first taste of the 2014 Adler Fels Pinot Noir. I recognized the […]


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