Category: Wine Tasting


In the Heat of the Taste: A Weekend in Italy (by way of Berkeley)

Heat wave, woo hoo! Yes, I love warm weather but live in a city that rarely tops 65 degrees. Saturday, it was warm across the Bay and I headed east to taste an Italian flight at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants. When I arrived I saw a gentleman with a wine sack. “What did you buy?” I inquired. He then pulled out a White that he could only find at the Spanish Table as well as a 2001 gran reserva Rioja. He was beaming.

I was a little early so I stepped into the shop and decided it was a good ...

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Battling with the Brix

The line-up of our gracious host, Campovida.

“Oh please, oh please, oh please.” That was the tagline to my Facebook post asking friends to join me at a Rhone wine tasting event last Saturday in Oakland at Campovida Wines. It worked! I had a tasting companion who made the event all the more enjoyable. This was a North Coast Rhone Rangers’ event – that’s a regional chapter of the national group Rhone Rangers, as you would imagine. And we tasted all that you would imagine at such an event: Syrah Grenache, Mouvedre, Viognier, etc. BTW, of the 22 traditional grape ...

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The Tasting Room Goes …

Lounge. Yes, as we all tire of the in-n-out tasting room experience, some wineries are creating a new experience for wine lovers. It favors slow over fast, conversation over banter, and mindfulness over mindlessness in tasting (I hope).

While in West Sonoma County, please check out:

Paul Mathew Vineyards in Graton.

Cartograph Wines in Healdsburg.

Wine Guerilla in Forestville.

And let me know what you experienced. I plan on checking these places out as well, hoping they will charm and delight my weary tasting room soul. Thank you Sonoma Discoveries magazine for spotting this trend.

While at it, please remember ...

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WHAT DOES WINE TASTING HAVE TO DO WITH COMMUNITY?

Everything. Wine tastes better when you are in the company of new or old friends. Sounds hokey but it’s true because tasting wine is more than an act, it is an experience.

Last Saturday I attended a Bordeaux tasting at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants on a freakishly sunny and warm day – the tasting was on the patio of the café next door, Bartavelle. I tasted solo and so took a breath, slowed down and embarked on tasting. Standing at the bar, I was taking notes when someone from a large group of women, also at the bar, spoke. “I ...

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