Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley Chung was exposed to the world of true cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Emigrating to the U.S. at age 17, Shirley obtained a business degree as a prelude to embarking on a position in […]

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche

Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This […]

Posted by on 11 November 2014 | 7:28 am

The Wines of Beaujolais – with Château des Jacques

Does Beaujolais have an emotional side? Guillaume de Castelnau certainly thinks so. As Director and winemaker of Château des Jacques, Maison Louis Jadot’s beautiful Beaujolais property, Guillaume is able to easily wax poetic about both the region but especially about the Gamay grape. Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the […]

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 8:30 am

Wineries of Minervois – with Chateau Maris

Robert Eden, a bio-dynamic wine maker, and Kevin Parker, CEO of Green Partners who has financed Chateau Maris for the last fifteen years with the aim of supporting the estate in becoming one of the Languedoc’s finest while respecting the environment to the highest standards have built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Languedoc […]

Posted by on 2 October 2014 | 12:40 pm

Argentina – A Reach For Higher Ground

Interestingly, Argentina’s wine history and culture began about the same time as our’s here in the U.S. Arguably more interesting is the fact that it began with the same impetus – Italian immigration. Today, Argentina has become known as the world’s largest purveyor of Malbec. Another thing that singles out Argentina – some of the […]

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 8:30 am

Vineyards of Southern California – with Dolin Malibu Estate

When one hears the name Malibu, one usually thinks about surfing, the beach, and fun in the sun. But, if you’re into wine, the sight of the Malibu Hills can cause your mind to wander and begin thinking about grapevines. That’s what happened to Elliott Dolin. Elliott and his wife bought the property in 2001, […]

Posted by on 2 September 2014 | 8:30 am

Retrospective – Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s

Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s are coming into their own now. The obvious question is – are they ready to drink now? And if not now – when? Join us as we talk about our tasting of eight wines from the 1990s to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have […]

Posted by on 25 August 2014 | 8:30 am

Wines of the Mosel – with St. Urbans-Hof

Viticulture has been taking place in the Mosel since the Romans brought cultivated grapevines here two millennia ago. It turns out the region’s unique geologic and climatic conditions are perfect for growing great Riesling along the Mosel and its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer. The cool continental climate, the slate soil, and the steeply-hilled topography […]

Posted by on 11 August 2014 | 8:30 am

Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Charles Heintz

Located in the Occidental region of Sonoma County, the Heintz Ranch has been owned by the Heintz family for nearly 100 years. Charlie’s grandparents purchased the land in 1912, and Charlie’s father farmed here. Apples remained in production until their first Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1982. The family still maintains about 8 acres of […]

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 7:30 am

Wineries of Oregon – with White Rose Estate

Greg Sanders will easily admit that he doesn’t do anything half-way. So, it didn’t seem like a big deal for him to venture to Oregon to buy some land. But then the land turned into a vineyard, and the vineyard into an Estate…and then there was the winery. Planted in 1980 to own-rooted Pommard clone […]

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 6:23 pm

A Beaujolais Primer

Located north of Lyon in eastern France, the Beaujolais wine region overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The steep Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River on mainly granite terrain. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region, and the region has ideal growing conditions, receiving plenty of sunshine. The […]

Posted by on 7 July 2014 | 8:30 am

Wineries of Sonoma County – Sebastani

It’s a rarity in these times of consulting rock-star winemakers that someone would actually stay at a single wine producer for any length of time. But that’s exactly what Mark Lyon did – for 35 years! Mark graduated with a B.S. in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis in 1978 and was […]

Posted by on 30 June 2014 | 8:30 am

The Wines of Burgundy – with Maison Louis Jadot

The Louis Jadot name, as well as its readily identifiable label should be very familiar, even to casual wine lovers. Established by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859 in the Burgundy region of France, Maison Louis Jadot has grown over the past 150 years to own 280 acres of the Côte d’Or’s most prestigious Premier […]

Posted by on 13 June 2014 | 3:50 pm

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Hollywood and the Vine

We’re on to another of the seminars from the 2014 World of Pinot Noir. This one had something of a unique twist – combining Hollywood and wine…or Vine, in this case. The focus here was to talk about wine themes in film by honoring two wine movies, Sideways and Somm. This was also the 10th […]

Posted by on 2 June 2014 | 11:46 am

Retrospective – 2005 Red Burgundy

The 2005 vintage in Burgundy has been hailed as…dare we say, ‘the vintage of the century.’ Hyperbole? Maybe. But one thing’s for certain – it’s been a long time that a Burgundy vintage has been as highly regarded – maybe since 1978! The obvious question is – are they ready to drink yet? And if […]

Posted by on 20 May 2014 | 8:30 am

Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Chamisal Vineyards

Located half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Edna Valley is recognized as one of the finest Central Coast grape growing regions in California, known in particular for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rhone grape varieties. With the Pacific Ocean just a few miles away, the coastal fog and breezes combine to create one of […]

Posted by on 7 May 2014 | 2:59 pm

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Insider Wines of The Côte d’Or, Part 2

We’re back with Part 2 of the Insider Wine seminar from the 2014 World of Pinot Noir. Previously held in the Central Coast city of Shell Beach, the event moved to the gorgeous Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara beginning this year. In a return engagement from his outstanding Burgundy seminar at the 2013 WOPN, Don […]

Posted by on 25 April 2014 | 8:30 am

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Insider Wines of The Côte d’Or, Part 1

One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “less travelled” appellations and villages. These “insider wines” are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy […]

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 8:30 am

2013 Wine & Fire Seminar: Digging Deep – Clone 115

The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. […]

Posted by on 7 April 2014 | 8:30 am

Australia – What’s New?

Wines from Australia are no stranger to most of us, roaring into the U.S. market with high demand back in the mid-to-late ‘90s. At least part of this seemingly sudden demand was driven by the interest in wines with high scores tendered by the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator publications. Add in the fascination for […]

Posted by on 27 March 2014 | 8:35 am

Seldom Seen – Wines That Don’t Get Enough Face Time

The world has been witnessing a lot of geo-political turmoil over the last several years. The “Arab Spring,” the “Orange Revolution,” people taking to the streets. Curiously, the wine world has also seen its share of turmoil. We’ve heard about the “natural wine” movement, the “In Pursuit of Balance” organization, and Robert Parker stepping down […]

Posted by on 17 March 2014 | 8:30 am

2013 Wine & Fire Seminar – There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. […]

Posted by on 7 March 2014 | 7:30 am

The Renaissance of Spirits – Gin

Continuing our occasional focus on spirits, we now take a look at gin, a spirit which derives its predominant flavor from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). With origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from an herbal medicine to point of major of commerce in the spirits industry. While the Dutch get credit for the […]

Posted by on 19 February 2014 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Chablis – with Séguinot-Bordet

Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 62 miles away. This […]

Posted by on 7 February 2014 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Verona – with Bertani Amarone

One of the famous wine growing areas of Italy, the Verona region lies in the north of the country, half-way between Venice and Milan. There has always been a long wine-producing tradition here, which today boasts the largest number of DOC wines in the country, producing wines such as Valpolicella, Soave and Amarone. Founded in […]

Posted by on 29 January 2014 | 7:30 am