Thankful for Zinfandel

November 19th – National Zinfandel Day With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, zinfandel is always on my mind. This varietal offers big bold fruit characteristics with the spicy/peppery finish that jumps to mind when asking to pair ham, turkey and flavorful stuffing at Thanksgiving dinner. There are only 71,000+ acres of Zinfandel planted in the world and…

Celebrate Merlot

November 7th is National Merlot Day! After the movie Sideways, Merlot has had its ups and downs, mostly downs. This is a wonderful varietal that can be the backbone to many great wines all over the world. Mostly grown on the right bank of Bordeaux, this varietal is actually the most planted varietal in France!…

Italian Beauties

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we know how busy it can be getting ready for guests and preparing menus. To make the job a little easier, we’ve picked out five great wines from Italy that will pair perfectly with any Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you’re attending a dinner or hosting your own, any of these wines…

A Sad Passing…

The wine world lost one of its greatest ambassadors this week with the passing of Paul Pontallier the passionate managing director of Ch. Margaux. For the full obituary on Mr. Pontallier see Decanter.com Just this last Saturday right before leaving work I emailed Paul to ask him, for about the hundredth time, to request a…

Exciting Time for Wine!

Wow, it is already March and time seems to be flying! For wine lovers it is already an exciting year with so much great wine being available from all over the globe and more coming on the horizon. From California there continues to be a wide selection of Cabernet Sauvignons from the lush and plush…