2016 July

Portugal Has More Than Port!

By the time you are reading this, Rosemarie and I will be sleeping off our jet lag from an extensive exploration of Portuguese wines and foods. This is our first “four week” in depth study session…. Now that Jr. is running the shop, we can afford to spend that kind of time! (He is getting… read more »

Adventures In Eating: Apples in Robes

No matter now much effort one puts into a self designated commitment volunteering time, somehow unexpected and calculated good things do happen. After moving to Julian (apple country), a serious matter presented itself to us. The U.S. Forest Service had a Master Plan to place a 37 mile road through the Cleveland National Forest for… read more »

Import Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1988, Errazuriz Panquehue

(Editorial forenote: It pleases me to see how often [and unexpectedly so] Paul chooses these wonderful wines from Chile as club selections. I have been a long time fan of Chilean wines. They of­ten represent bargain values. L.T.) The Errazuriz Panquehue Winery (their slogan is “once you have tasted our wines… you’ll want to learn… read more »

Domestic Selection: Pinot Noir, 1987, Congress Springs

The Congress Springs Winery, situated on the Santa Clara side of the rugged Santa Cruz mountain is surrounded by such illustrious neighbors as David Bruce, Martin Ray, Mount Eden and Ridge Vine­yards. Dan Gehrs and his wife Robin rebuilt the winery (which dates from the 1890’s) in 1976. Dan’s winemaking philosophy… “We don’t try to… read more »

The Matter Of Letting The Bottle “Breathe”

I do not belong to the school that insists all wine must be allowed to breathe before serving. If the belief is rigid, I consider it a fetish. To really recognize the benefit that comes from “breathing” of wine, one must look at the chemistry of wine, and the physics of the breathing pro­cess. What… read more »