2016 August

You Have A Winner

Our “in depth food and wine explora­tion” this time was to Portugal. A small country, easy to travel in, but with abso­lutely insane automobile and truck driv­ers. I do not understand how they do not have more accidents. I guess they are skilled aggressive drivers. Very hard on the nerves! I logged over 250 wines… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Chicken Soup With Rice, Chick-Peas, & Prunes

I am of Armenian descent, and this re­cent acceleration of war in Azerbaijan dis­turbs me for all the peoples involved. This is not a political column, but food belongs to the world, and how much fun it would be to travel freely, with no anx­iety of impending strife, to taste engag­ing flavors and partake it… read more »

Import Selection: Salice Salentino, 1983, Dr. Taurino

The only good thing about in­flated California wine prices is that importers will search far and wide into territories they normally would not have, to discover good bargains. Salice Salentino lies almost at the very tip of Italy’s “high heel”; in the region of Apuglia (or just Puglia), known mainly for vast quantities of mediocre… read more »

The Worst Bottle Of Wine I Ever Had

I never thought I would write about a bad bottle of wine, but this bottle was so bad that I thought it deserved broaching the subject: in case there was redeeming value in the experience. One of the charges to myself, in my wine endeavors, is to locate and taste wines that are not imported… read more »

Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1988, Monte Verde

Widely known for their successes in motor racing, brothers Frank and Phil Arciero, along with their sons, operate one of California’s largest construction and development companies. The message: Success is an attitude. With 700 acres of estate owned vineyard land, a 78,000 sq. ft. production and bottling facility and a complete self-contained water reclamation system… read more »

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