Domestic Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1985, Sam J. Sebastiani Winery

A new California winery with an old name appeared on the horizon in 1986. This is not the giant Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma of jug wine fame! (and some occasional premi­um wines worth considering). This is Sam J., the grandson of the foun­der, who has struck out for himself. Sam was raised with wine. He… read more »

1988 In Retrospect

WINES EVALUATED:2671 REJECTED: 2116 APPROVED: 555 SELECTED: 32 I like preparing this summary be­cause it gives me perspec­tive. I also find it a useful exercise in taste recall. The selected wines stand out in my memory very viv­idly, and a reminder of them forti­fies that memory Here is what happened in 1988: In the Regular… read more »

A Personal Note

I have three kids. Well, not kids anymore. The oldest is 36, and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Lynn and their two children. I have to bootleg some of our selections to him every so often when he runs out of bottles on his wine rack. He is founder and president of Fun Tours,… read more »

Wine of the Month Club | Oldest Mail Order Wine Club in America

  Hey! Welcome to the Wine of the Month Club in the World. Wine of the Month Club is a federally registered trademark of the Wine of the Month Club established in 1972 in Palos Verdes Estates. What business would be open for 40 years, 40 years, if they didn’t serve good products? We sell… read more »

Wine of the Month Club | Picnic Time Basket

Page 8, page 8 of the catalogue, this year in the 2010 Christmas catalogue from the Wine of the Month Club. We have the picnic time which we keep bringing back ’cause people keep loving that thing. And it’s an insulated pack that has two bottles of wine, that sort of instant picnic. And let… read more »

Food with Wine: With California Gamay Beaujolais

Food with Wine: With California Gamay Beaujolais by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | November 1984 If you are presently a white wine enthusiast, yet wish to develop a red wine palate; this is the wine to start with. Many people who say they like white wines only, do so because they have usually been turned off… read more »

Food with Wine: La Tache

Food with Wine: La Tache Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1985 I was stopped by a young mother at a shop­ping mall last month. She had her two children with her. They were restless, so I did not have the opportunity to answer her ques­tion fully. I did not catch her name. She had introduced… read more »

The Matter of Aging Wine

The Matter of Aging Wine by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr February 1985 For those of you who chose to practice the ageing of wine… here is a checklist of the important factors, and a review of the elements concerned. Look at the location where you are storing your wines. Measure it against the criteria described. TEMPERATURE… read more »

Napa Valley circa Prohibition

           Here is an interesting story about Napa Valley which few people know. In the early 1900’s, Napa’s Main Street rivaled that of many larger cities. There were saloons and gambling houses. There was also a high cultural society. and an opera house, which in turn became one of the first “tasting… read more »

Winemaker’s Dinner in Las Vegas!

Join us on June 17th, 2013!!   Ever wonder how to pair wine and food? Ever wonder how the a chef might think of a pairing… Join me and Chef Jose Luis on a culinary trip through food and wine in fabulous LAS VEGAS! Hosts Catherine and Jose Luis Pawelek will be our culinary trip… read more »