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Opus One

Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon Pt. 2

When I told some friends I was going to visit Opus One on my birthday they scoffed. “Ooooh, GOD! They are sooo pretentious there!” they said. “Don’t forget to kiss the ring on the way in”. I brought my Mom and Mrs. B along for the ride because, hey, it was my birthday. Not sure what experience others had at…

opus one

Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon pt. 1

Twenty years ago if you were in a restaurant and ordered a bottle of Opus One you were important. You were a fine wine connoisseur and you liked the best. Opus One raised the bar for Napa Valley and for domestic wine. If you were drinking Opus One you were drinking a regal wine that presidents and diplomats held in…

beef

Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta

Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle (or any kind of braised short ribs) might just be my favorite recipe ever. Like, ever ever. We’re talking last meal kind of dish. I love it for the hearty braising liquid and the tender, succulent meat. As a wine lover, some of my favorite red wines (and probably yours) just happen to go with…

MerlotMe

3 Myths About Merlot and the Movie Sideways

Quick! Recite a quote from the movie Sideways about Merlot. Good job if your quote was, “I’m not drinking any f*cking Merlot!” Here’s 3 things you might not know about that infamous statement by Miles: Merlot was Miles’ ex-wife’s favorite wine – The movie doesn’t give context to why Miles so emphatically rejected the idea of drinking Merlot. It wasn’t…

chianti classico

5 Days in Tuscany: The Misadventures of the Chianti Classico Kid

The first cigarette I ever had I smoked behind Grandpa’s barn. It made me dizzy, and I coughed a lot. “Don’t worry, that always happens with the first one,” said Grandpa. “Try another one.” And you know, he was right.  -Jack Handey It’s funny the things you remember from childhood. I don’t remember the first tooth I lost, or the…

knoll

The #1 Wine on the 12 Wines of Christmas is…

Let’s take a moment and look back at the 12 wines of Christmas list. The idea was to highlight 12 bottles of wine from throughout the year that might make up a nice little case of holiday cheer. Average price of the 12 wines of Christmas came out to about $25 a bottle, so you don’t have to spend a…

gramercy

The 12 Wines of Christmas: #6 Gramercy Cellars 2008 Syrah

I love Walla Walla wines…a lot. The region has so much untapped potential for ageability of wines as covered in this blog post about the affordability and ageability of Walla Walla wines. An exciting newcomer to the region is Master Sommelier, Greg Harrington who uprooted his family from New York in 2004 and moved cross country to start Gramercy Cellars.…

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