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Kieran Robinson: A Syrah, An Interview

Kieran Robinson: A Syrah, An Interview

Kieran Robinson’s 2009 Syrah is a vibrant, handsome wine, a European-style Syrah with California sentiments. Here, an interview with tasting notes.

Stepping Stone by Cornerstone

Stepping Stone by Cornerstone

An interview with Cornerstone Cellars winemaker Jeff Keene, with tasting notes on the new Rocks! blends and Napa Valley Cabernet.

Palate Shepherd

Palate Shepherd

Two Shepherds Vineyards may be new, but winemaker William Allen is producing Rhône-style wines with finesse and gravity. Here, an interview with tasting notes.

Old World, New World, New Words

Old World, New World, New Words

The Old World/New World dialectic in wine writing is outdated, and writers need new ways to describe what they truly experience.

Writing About Wine

Writing About Wine

Wine is visceral, sensual, sensorial. When you begin a story about wine, you must switch on your reader.

Wine Labels, Wine Ingredients

Wine Labels, Wine Ingredients

Should a wine label display the ingredients used in winemaking? A seasoned wine writer and marketer—and avid wine consumer—considers the issues.

Happy Birthday, Julia Child

Happy Birthday, Julia Child

Julia Child would have been 100 years old today. She hasn’t been gone long; she died only in 2004, two days before her 92nd…

2012 Wine Blog Award Finalist

2012 Wine Blog Award Finalist

I’m surprised and pleased to announce that a story I wrote recently for Palate Press has been selected as a finalist for “Best Blog Post of 2012.” If you enjoy my writing, I welcome your support. Please cast your vote here.

2012 Wine Blog Award Nominations

2012 Wine Blog Award Nominations

Nominations opened today for the 2012 Wine Blog Awards, recognizing excellence in wine writing by those who self-publish online. I'm pleased already to have been…

Without Reservation

Without Reservation

I met my mother for lunch recently at a restaurant in town. We don’t eat there often, maybe once or twice a year. It…

Brachetto, Birthday

Brachetto, Birthday

My birthday’s on the winter solstice, and it fell on a Wednesday this year. It was a normal, if very dark, work day. I didn’t…

Tea and Wine

Tea and Wine

In the day it’s black tea, in the evening red wine. It’s always something because this isn’t quite right, isn’t enough, or quite what…