Diamond Creek

In 1968, when Boots and Al Brounstein founded their winery Diamond Creek on Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain, the going price for a bottle of great Napa Cabernet was $5. (Just about the only wine that… Continue reading

Bubble Trouble: Does Size Matter?


One of the first things I remember learning about Champagne was that small bubbles were better than large ones. Now, shockingly, that notion has been turned upside down – or at least sideways – by… Continue reading

The Best Wine and Cheese Pairing?

Dolce and Bleu

Each one of them is artisanal and bursting with flavor. Together, they are devastating. Dolce wine and bleu d’Auverge cheese—the single best way to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day, which is today. For some time… Continue reading


The words “low-alcohol wine” make anyone who has ever tasted one, shudder. The wines are that bad.   But maybe not for very much longer.   As most wine drinkers know, the high alcohol levels… Continue reading

You Want Somm Brains

A fascinating new study has just been released from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The research suggests that continual sensory training and practice (like the kind that somms get in the course… Continue reading

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