white wine

Domestic: Sauvignon Blanc, 1985, Sam J. Sebastini 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 »

Member Inquiry – Blush, Blanc, and Rose Wine Grapes

  “I have seen some of the same grapes used to make ‘blush,’ ‘blanc,’ and ‘rose’ wines In some cases they are produced by the same winery! Could you tell me what the difference is?” Dr. T. R. E.; Bakersfield I’m not sure I can because there is no code, law or regulation which governs… read more »

Domestic Selection: Semillon, 1985, Alderbrook

••CORRECTION: I reported in a previous article that the two grapes in white Bordeaux were semillon and sauvignon blanc. I erroneously noted that the sauvignon blanc adds the flavor and body while the semillon contributes the acid. OOPS! It’s the other way around.. . Oh well, you’re never too old to learn or too young to… read more »

Import Selection: Orvieto Classico, 1987; Bigi

Orvieto is a white wine from Italy that is named after a town located southeast of Florence and north of Rome. All wine called Orvieto must originate from grapes grown in a zone of vineyards of sixteen communes around the town, by specific area limitation according to the DOC (Denominaz­ione di Origine Controllata) regulations …. read more »

Spoil Mom with Mother’s Day Gift Baskets by Wine of the Month Club

            Bring on the Festivities I love this perfect Mother’s Day basket. Each year I try to make it “cheerier” than the previous year. A little something for everyone, the cheese and cracker lover, the chocoholic, the savory sommelier, and the wine aficionado. Great Mother’s Day gift basket to spoil mom… read more »

Domestic Selections: September 1989

Wines evaluated last month: 301     Rejected: 249              Approved: 52              Selected: 2 It still is summer – at least from the weather point of view! – even though we are knocking at the doors of autumn. So here are two summer wines again. For the red wine this month I fi­nally found a blush… read more »

Temperature Control for Various Wines

“Dear Paul & Rosemarie, I know that to fully appreciate a wine it must be served at the proper temperature. What are the temperatures for the various types of wine, and how can you tell when the bottle has reached that temperature? They say that reds should be served at room temperature, but in California… read more »

Burgundy vs Bordeaux

“Paul, I joined the club recently. I joined because my knowledge of import wines is zero, and I would like to learn more. How do I identify a Burgundy from a Bordeaux? The label does not always say so. Friends will hand me a glass and tell me what it is. I look at their… read more »

Identifying Varietal Character

“Paul, you refer to varietal character in your descriptions of the wines you fea­ture. I am having difficulty identifying what you are talking about.. I can follow the other parts of your description usual­ly. What is varietal character, and how can I identify it?” – S.O.; San Diego   Varietal character is the organoleptic “character”… read more »

A Tour of San Francisco Wine Country

“Paul, I have to go to San Fran­cisco on business for a week. My wife will be with me. We have never been to the wine country. I intend to schedule a day off and tour. Where do you recommend I go?” – D.H.Ventura; CA For a one day trip, and for a first time… read more »