Confessions of a Wine Salesman

Delray Beach, FL – We had occasion this past weekend to thumb through a copy of What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking by Terry Theise. If the name is unfamiliar, Theise is both a writer and an importer, a combination which is to the world of wine what being a...

“Natural” Wine?

“Look at that sediment,” C said. “It’s almost like apple cider.”  We were inspecting a cloudy bottle of “natural” sparkling wine we had recently received in the mail. As staunch critics of mass market wines and industrial winemaking, it is often expected that we...

Are You Drinking “Cloned” Wine?

Annapolis, MD40 years ago, in the dead of night, a thief stole Burgundy’s greatest wine secret.Sneaking onto a vineyard on a moonless night, an American named Gary is said to have crouched down by a pinot noir vine, clipped a few branches, wrapped them in a damp rag...

Ice cream wine

Sonoma, CA Never eat ice cream before going to a wine tasting. If you recall from last week, we had gone to the Marimar winery (as in Marimar Torres of Spain’s famous wine dynasty) to taste wines from grapes grown on the Sonoma Coast. The slopes of Marimar Sonoma...

Sonoma’s Big Secret

Sebastopol, CA“I taste pork rind.”C began consoling the sommelier: “I don’t know what he’s talking about. I’m getting flowers…maybe honeysuckle?”We swished the liquid around in our own glass, admiring the clarity and lack of sickly yellow coloring one often...