Cabernet Sauvignon

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…

Cabernet Sauvignon

3 Cabernet Sauvignons for Christmas

Prime Rib Roast, Filet Mignon, Rib Eye Steaks, Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Beef, you name it….does holiday feasting get any better for Cabernet pairing? Hearty holiday meals with higher fat proteins call for wines with higher tannins. Master Sommelier, Craig Collins did a guest post about matching tannin to fat content earlier this year. Each year I organize an online…

Clerc-Milon

A Recap of Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting in SF

Last Friday’s annual Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting took place in San Francisco showing off the Grand Cru Classe wines of Bordeaux’s 2010 vintage. Balzac Communications hosted the epic tasting where folks from the Chateaux in Bordeaux flew over with expensive bottles of world class wine can only happen once a year—within the first fifteen minutes you could…

cornerston

Cornerstone Cellar’s New Direction

Craig Camp has been a busy guy. As the GM of Cornerstone Cellars in Napa Valley he’s been hard at work growing the Cornerstone brand in bredth and depth. A few years ago, if you wanted to drink a bottle of Cornerstone wine your choices were limited to a Napa Cabernet ($65) and a Howell Mountain Cabernet ($75). “The most…

fat content in beef

Matching Tannins in Red Wine to Fat Content of Beef

This article originally appeared on the OmahaSteaks blog back in May. My good friend and Master Sommelier, Craig Collins, MS gives useful information about matching the right level of tannin with the right level of fat content of beef. Article is reposted with the permission of OmahaSteaks and Mr. Collins. We have all heard it and most of us have…