• Wine of the Day

    May your heart always be joyful

    It’s been a little while since I talked about wine.  It just takes a little more time to talk about wine.  I have to refer back to scraps of paper, sticky notes on the iPhone and handouts from the winery.  All are barely legible so it’s always an adventure.  Not now though, I’ve got a new toy.  Corkbin.  This is an idiot proof (almost) application that allows me to take a picture of the wine label and then type in a few notes on the wine.  It’s darned near fool proof.  And I mean Fool proof.  The only real opportunity for screw up is if you can’t get a clear…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines

    I don’t know if I can yell any louder

    Today is a good day.  Y’all get to watch me weave this post together. A little event occurred this week.  It was not lost on the Wine Dog.  The Burgermeister bought Chalk Hill Winery.  Supposedly he plans to live in the palacial main house.  I suppose the good news is to those in Whitefish, Montana, who, if you’re reading the comments sections are a little over his act.  Of course, the title insurance business is beyond over his act, but the wine business doesn’t know what they’re in for yet.  I’ve sounded the alarm but it’s fallen on deaf ears.  Let this be the “I told you so” post.  He…

  • Wine of the Day

    I’m gonna sing those songs that offend the censors

    [youtube DmeUuoxyt_E] Every now and again you get to meet a rock star. I got to meet one tonight at Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants. Pam Starr. Rock star. She’s got a resume that’s as long as all of our arms put together. She’s got stops at Sonoma-Cutrer, Edna Valley, Carmenet and one of my favs, Spottswoode. She teamed up with Charlie Crocker and is doing some amazing things. More important, she’s fun and engaging.  The guy I was chatting with wasn’t a Sauvignon Blanc fan. She makes two and cajoled him into trying both. Two damn fine Sauv blancs. She has a second label, I think it’s Bridesmaid? I want…

  • Rita the Doberman,  Wine of the Day

    Warmth of the sun

    We could file this one under “things that make me happy”.   A couple of days ago I got a missive from someone I didn’t know simply asking me if I was going to Barkus and Mutt Lynch.  Barkus?  I hadn’t heard about it, probably because I read about half of my email.  So I check around and they were having an event,  I could drink wine and take my dogs.  OK, that sounds like a good start to the day.  Just before it was time to leave, Bubba found some poop to eat.  The idea of several hours in the car with him after he did that was not attractive…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Title Insurance

    Some people came and listened, some of them came and played

    It has been a long week.  I’m not sure why I took a divorce listing.  I guess I thought they could act right for the period of the listing.  Not so much.  Coupled with two and a half days out of town and the house being torn up so that the carpets could be cleaned while I was gone and you can put a fork in this dog. We went down to Monterey for a seminar.  At the end of the day I believe it’s a system I need to make my business work better. I was even more interested once I found out that a local top producer who…

  • Wine of the Day

    And failed me in geometry

    And y’all thought I was going to forget to finish my trilogy on Jordan.  Nope.  We’re here to talk about the wine today. Jordan doesn’t make a lot of different wines.  They do a few things, very well.  Of course, I love that.  Their mainstays are the Cabernet Sauvignon and their Chardonnay.  Occasionally they will make a dessert wine, but that’s only when everything aligns properly. When we first arrived they were pouring their 2008 Chardonnay.  This is not your big buttery oaky Chardonnay.  This is a Russian River Chardonnay, clean, fresh with a nose full of green apples.  It’s a chardonnay with crispness, bright fruit, and a minerally finish. …

  • Photojournalism,  Wine of the Day

    Give me a lifetime of promises and a world of dreams

    I’m going to talk a little about Chef Todd Knoll today.    Chef Todd is the Evil Genius of the kitchens at Jordan Winery.  This guy is an über food geek.  His wife told me about his quest to make his own sea salt.  So they hump water from obscure places all over the world and he evaporates it and makes sea salt.  Somebody at the table told me he sketched out every menu on a scratch pad.  He does.  Yep, I got his wife to show me that too. It’s a gift really.  I’m not an über food geek, but I’m getting a lot better.  I know I surprised the…

  • Wine of the Day

    You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave

    I spent the day yesterday up at Jordan Winery.  I’m going to write about the entire experience, but the experience was so amazing it needs to be broken up over a few posts. We got there at 11am and didn’t leave until 4pm, and they didn’t leave us there to our own devices, we were doing something with someone from the Estate every minute we were there. Today I’m going to talk a little about what I took away from my conversation with John Jordan.  It was the first thing I did when I arrived.  He introduced himself as “John”.  I hadn’t done my homework so I had no idea…

  • Wine of the Day

    Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon

    Time for the Wine Dog to go to her happy place.  Apparently my spelling and grammar are better in my happy place.  Besides they say as long as the first and last letter are correct the human brain can figure out what you’re talking about.  I don’t know what happens when the sentence is “Who dat?”.  And I’m thrilled to see all the commenters.  Serious.  Keep it up.  I love it.  Well most of it. We all know what a great fan I am of Cathy Corison and her really amazing body of work.  Well another guy who is all wrapped up in that story is Phillip Titus.  He is…

  • Wine of the Day

    A gopher with a grin

    Have I mentioned my charmed existence?  Yeah, I’m pretty lucky. Last weekend Marcy Gordon, travel writer, wineaux and general good gal invited me and some other wine bloggers up to the Wine Sensory Experience in Calistoga.  I hadn’t had a day off since January 24th so it seemed like a grand idea.  It was also a bit humbling.  T’Anne Butcher, owner and general Mad Hatter put the whole thing together.  There were a total of seven sensory experience that broke down into the various components of aroma and bouquet in wine.  There is a difference.  Hell if I can remember what it is.  Thankfully there’s The Google.  And this is…