2015 July

Wine with Food: with Cheese (part 2)

Wine with Food: with Cheese (part 2) by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | September 1982  I am supposed to include some tables in 1 this months column, that show which wines accompany various cheeses. I real­ly did not mean tables! I intended to list the types of cheese and then list some wines that would be appropriate for the… read more »

Wine with Food: For Luncheon Dishes, Casseroles and Pasta

Wine with Food: For Luncheon Dishes, Casseroles and Pasta by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | June 1982 Before I discuss wines to serve with cheeses, desserts, eggs, salads, (yes some salads can have wine accompaniments) which are the topics of the next four columns, I decided to cover a catch-all group of meals of an everyday… read more »

Brut de Noir. 1979. Codorniu

BRUT DE NOIR. 1979. CODORNIU by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | December 1982 Travel south from Barcelona, Spain, for 30 miles and you will arrive at San Sadurni de Noya, and the home of Codorniu. They claim to be the worlds largest single producer of sparkling wine by the “methode champenoise”. (The latter is the traditional method… read more »

Cabernet Sauvignon Port. Beringer

CABERNET SAUVIGNON PORT. BERINGER by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | December 1982 The Beringer story starts in 1870 when German immigrant Jakob Beringer arrived in Napa Valley. He had some training in the French vineyards, so he applied to Charles Krug for a job, and was put to work in the winery. In 1876, with extra investment… read more »

Halbtrocken. 1980. Sichel

HALBTROCKEN. 1980. SICHEL by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | November 1982 When wine is blended to doctor up mistakes, or to mask unpleasant characteristics of a wine, the end result is usually mediocre. That is why blended wine has become a negative in the minds of many. Yet, as I have mentioned before, there are other… read more »

Pinot Noir. 1975. H.M.R.

PINOT NOIR. 1975. H.M.R. by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | November 1982 I know Dr. Hoffman from our old Inglewood (CA) days. He was a well known cardiologist in the town, and at that time I owned a pharmacy a mile away and was the local apothecary. (late 50’s & 60’s). In 1961, he purchased a… read more »

Babic, 1979. Vinoplod | Vintage Wine History and Information

BABIC. 1979 – VINOPLOD by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | October 1982 I have a hard time believing the story that the Dalmatian breed of dog was named after the appearance of the islands off the coast of Dalmatia. What that has to do with wine I don’t know! It was just a piece of trivia… read more »

Chardonnay, Sonoma. 1981. Gundlach – Bundschu

CHARDONNAY, SONOMA. 1981. GUNDLACH – BUNDSCHU by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | October 1982 Jacob Gundlach left Bavaria for San Francisco in 1850, and came around the horn. Charles Pundschu arrived from Germany in 1862, and became a partner of Jacob in his 400 acre vineyard and winery near Sonoma. Their business grew rapidly and they soon… read more »

Pinot Noir, 1979. Hultgren & Samperton

PINOT NOIR, 1979. HULTGREN & SAMPERTON by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | September 1982 Unique architecture and deliberate techniques are the obvious things you notice about this relatively new Sonoma County winery. The architecture is composed of 3 geodesic dome buildings, designed for the functional aspect of free air circulation within the spherical shape of the… read more »

Gewurztraminer, 1979. A Gaschy

GEWURZTRAMINER, 1979. A GASCHY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | September 1982 Some say that “Alsatian wines” should be called “French Rhine Wines”. I disagree. To prevent confusion, I would like to leave the Rhine designation to the German family of wines. Furthermore, I like the ring of Alsace. It is so distinct. It should not… read more »