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This Matter of Cellaring (Part One)

What is cellaring ? It really is what you want to make rather than the vision it evokes. Fancifully, it generates the im­age of opening a cool underground area, where rows and rows of wine bottles are ageing, some with old labels and others with neck rings and special inventory codes. Let us leave that… read more »

Santa Anita Uncorked!

Santa Anita Uncorked – Another Wonderful Adventure in Wine and Food This year, we held Santa Anita Uncorked on 6/11, and it was a great success.  With food vendors from all across San Gabriel Valley, and Wines like no tomorrow, this was one of the best events to date.  Those who attended indulged in unlimited… 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 »

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 »

Where’s All of the Inventory?

“Paul: I have been disappointed recent­ly in the ‘sold out’ situation of some of your wines. I wanted more of the Hidden Cellars Chevrignon d’Or and the Heitz Pinot Noir, but you were sold out. Why don’t you buy enough inventory?!” – J.H. Sorry about that! I hate to disappoint anybody. They were super wines, wer­en’t… read more »

Closeout Wines for Keeping

“Paul, I need your input. A friend of mine is a beer distributor. Recently he purchased a “closeout lot” of wine. A beer and wine wholesaler had gone out of business, and he had bid on their in­ventory. Knowing about my interest in wine, he offered me the opportunity to purchase any that I wished… 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 »