This Matter of California Wine Labels

Wine labels are an interesting phenomenon. There are two forces governing them. First, there’s the marketing arm of the winery which, hopefully, is in tune with what the consumer wants and gives it to them. Secondly, there is the government, better known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). These two are frequently… read more »


The vintage indicates which years the grapes were picked regardless of when they were bottled. It indicates how old the wine is.  

Wine of the Month Club | Tasting with Charles Sparr from Alsace

Alright, hey welcome to the continuing wine makers series here in the Wine of the Month Club. It’s been a lot of fun running through all the different parts of the world and the countries. And we’re so excited. We have the Sparr family here, Charles Sparr from Alsace. And these are wines that we… read more »

Wine of the Month Club | The Best Ports I Have Tasted

  Paul:                      Welcome to the continuing winemakers series of the Wine of the Month Club.  Last week, we brought you Champagnes for the holidays, and I must bring you ports because I love port during the holidays, and actually any celebration. Kevin:                   Oh, it’s great. Paul:                      I have Kevin Epicurean Wines here with us.  And… read more »

Uncorking a Bottle of Wine

By Paul Kalemkiarian June 1983 There are some finer points about uncorking a bottle of wine. The inspection of the bottle before opening, and the actual uncorking procedure deserve some review. Some people have referred to the latter exercise as “dressing the bottle”, which I think carries it a bit far! But no matter, a… read more »