Better Wine Tasting: The Winery Advisor Tasting Room Personality Profile
As the Winery Advisor, I visit hundreds of California tasting rooms each year collecting information to prepare detailed winery profiles for the California Winery Advisor.com website. We document the wine tasting experience by cataloging the amenities, ambiances, tasting fees, pricing and wines. And, yes, we like our job. After visiting almost 600, I have found they fall roughly within five categories.
Paso Rhone Wine Producers
Paso Robles has been growing wine grapes for decades yet it is only since the early 1990’s that Rhone grape varieties have been cultivated. The region has a similar geography and climate to the Rhone River Valley in France.
Uncorking Another Sideways
Bottle Shock the movie is an entertaining, albeit not completely factual look at the events leading up to the famous 1976 “Judgment in Paris”, where California wines beat out their French counterparts in a blind tasting putting California wines firmly on the wine map. It is a good romp in the vineyard and shows us what the Napa of old was like and how things have changed since.
New Member of Vintners Hall of Fame
Archie McLaren has been a trailblazer in California’s fine cuisine and wine movement since establishing residence here in 1974, so this is not the first prestigious induction for Mr. McLaren. He is one of only two Americans inducted into the Austrian Wine Brotherhood and one of the few Americans inducted into France’s Commanderie des Bontemps – Medoc et Graves & Sauternes et Barsac of Bordeaux.
Wine Country After Dark
A recent trip through the north coast wine region resulted in some great new winery finds, a couple of good meals and some wonderful wine country hospitality. We found our days full, but our evenings a little on the quiet side until we ventured 25 minutes north of Calistoga to the wine village of Middletown, in Lake County. Here we found what we were looking for.