December 2010


Do you still pay attention to the old method of pairing wine and food?  You know the one: Red wine with red meat, white wine with fish, chicken and “the other white meat”, pork?   Probably doesn’t work that well, especially if you’ve become either a preferred red or white drinker.

So what are gonna do now?  How do you approach it?

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No I’m not talking about Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc (but it is that time, too).  I’m talking about Top Lists.  The trusty Wine Spectator just released the Top 10 of their Top 100, and locally, the San Francisco Chronicle just released its Top 100 of the year.

This is enjoyable viewing and reading for me, but knowing that there are so many that are unattainable – either because they are particularly scarce, or just completely out of most normal people’s price range – is always a bit disheartening.  This is more the case for The Wine Spectator than the Chronicle’s list, but there’s still a ton of great information that can be gleaned from these lists. (more…)

If you’re at all like me, you’ve no doubt been in a situation where you could use some quick wine advice.  Be it at a restaurant, wine shop, winery, etc., you want the ability to make an informed decision or to just know a little bit more about the wine you’re tasting or prepared to buy.   And if you’re even more  nerdy about it like me, you probably have a “cellar” (something a bit above double-wide status, but below a McMansion) of wine at home where you keep them logged in a database.  Naturally, you probably don’t have access to the database when you need it – at the point of sale.  Those days may change if you have a trusty smart phone/iTouch/iPad, where there are of course, apps for that! (more…)