Just an Apéritif? Mais, Non!

One of the biggest misconceptions about Champagne is that it should be drunk solely as an apéritif. Just the opposite! Champagne belongs solidly on the dinner table, for it’s one of the best partners food… Continue reading

Why I Drink Champagne Every Night

It’s true. I drink a glass of Champagne every single night. A bottle lasts me several days (after pouring a glass, I use a Champagne stopper to keep the bubbles in). I don’t find drinking… Continue reading

What I Miss About Restaurants

Until the pandemic, I never realized how much for granted I’d taken restaurants—or how much I would miss them when they were gone. Not counting Gott’s Roadside (which if you live in Napa Valley is… Continue reading

The Wine Industry NEEDS Diversity

We think of the wine industry as generous, open-to-all, and focused on the spirit of community. But a look around any industry tasting event reveals that the wine industry has a long way to go.… Continue reading

Recommended Wine Books

by George Taber “A chronicle of the explosive, Franco-American tasting that put premium California wine on the map.”  –Brian Huber Reserve your own “Judgement” with a Domaine de Chevalier red Bordeaux up against a Cliff… Continue reading

Recommended Wine Books

The WineSpeed and Wine Bible teams have been sheltering-at-home like you, and we’ve realized this is the perfect time to turn to some of our most treasured wine books. Here are some we recommend that… Continue reading

Recommended Wine Books

“The WineSpeed and Wine Bible teams have been sheltering-at-home like you, and we’ve realized this is the perfect time to turn to our most treasured wine books. Over the next few weeks, each of us… Continue reading

Status of Women in the Wine Industry

It’s oddly fitting that disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of two felony sex crimes just 12 days before International Women’s Day on March 8. For the last several weeks, I have found myself… Continue reading

Weed and Wine Tasting

I’ve recently gone to a couple of trade tastings where some of the attendees had clearly been smoking weed beforehand. The pungent smell of cannabis was very obvious. Cannabis is legal in California so no… Continue reading

Elegance in Wine

I just tasted two syrupy dull Châteauneuf-du-Papes from producers whose wines epitomized refinement 20 years ago. Now they are leaden alcoholic wines with no spark of life left in them. As climate change’s grip on… Continue reading

On the rosé explosion

Not so long ago, when I was asked if I wanted a glass of rosé, I always said sure. There weren’t that many rosés back then and the quality was uniformly pretty high. Now? There… Continue reading