Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2009
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Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2009

December 29, 2015 • By

Wine Rating: 94

On a picture-perfect winter day I sit in silence in my cellar and look over the vast collection of wine that I’ve acquired over the years. I’ve been seriously researching, drinking and putting away wines for nearly 20 years.

I appreciate, love and applaud the grape inspired youth. Those few who jump into the world of wine in their early twenties, looking for knowledge, and not so much a way to get drunk. Also to those who grow up knowing they wanted to be a sommelier and those who just love wine for the art of winemaking. Especially to those who grew up nowhere near wineries but long to go to UC Davis and learn about Viticulture and finally those who grew up and around vineyards and carry on the family business.


Alsace, France
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Rieslings of Alsace, France

October 25, 2015 • By

A little bit of history that is worth revisiting.

In 1500 B.C. the land was cultivated by the Celts. Around 58 B.C. the Romans conquered, took the land and made it the center of their wine region. Grape growing for the purpose of fermenting was so significant to the Roman way of life, that they built barricades and military camps to protect the vines.


Rivers Marie, Pinot Noir
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Rivers-Marie, Pinot Noir, 2008

August 30, 2015 • By

Wine Rating: 93

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

I’ll not waste your time with an inane story of my wine drinking escapades. I will not share the time I got shitfaced on Absinthe in Chicago with author Neil Gaiman. Nor shall I tell you about the time I accidentally used a 1995 Petrus to make Sangria. The last bit may have come from the French movie Barbeque, but I can’t quite differentiate fact from fiction when it comes to situations I’ve experienced while drunk.


Charles Krug
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Charles Krug, Cabernet Sauvignon, 1972

June 7, 2015 • By

Wine Rating: 90

Mondavi – the name speaks volumes within the wine world and has been considered, by some, a legacy of great quality as well as an organization known for their ingenious marketing. When you hear the name you may think Robert or Opus One. Sadly, the name may also conjure up a less flattering image, with their decision over the years to expand into the ‘lower cost markets’ with their less quality table wines, selling to big box stores and supermarkets. The Mondavi name in Napa Valley goes back over seventy-years, not to mention that the old winery, prior to the Robert Mondavi’s father purchasing it, already had over 100 years of winemaking heritage in the region. Robert also had a younger brother, Peter, who is actually my focus for this piece.