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Lunch (and Pinot Noir) with Mark McWilliams, Co-Owner Arista Winery

  Very interesting lunch today with Mark McWilliams, co-owner with his brother Ben of Arista Winery, which his parents bought in 2002. Perhaps the story best begins with his parents Al and Janis McWilliams of Texarkana, who loved the French culture and visited Sonoma so often they decided they’d like to start a winery and […]


Rooftop Riesling!

…. what a pretty picture! Four Rieslings lined up on a terrace deck overlooking Central Park! In the lineup you will see a 2010 Macari Riesling from the Finger Lakes, a 2010 Lakewood Riesling from the Finger Lakes (both dry), a Jacob’s Creek Dry Riesling 2010, and a J. Lohr 2010 Riesling from California’s Monterey. […]


La Follette Wines: A Seminar

Greg La Follette of La Follette Wines Porterhouse was the elegant venue for a tutored tasting of La Follette wine lead by winemaker Greg La Follette (formerly of Flowers, de Loach) who recently launched a new winery last year called La Follette. The morning began with an introduction by vivacious Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein — […]


Pinot Noir: Blind Tasting California, Oregon, and Burgundy

  Have you tried a themed tasting? In studying for my MW (Master of Wine) program, I typically ask wine stores to send wine blind (wrapped in bags) to try them with a friend before dinner and deduce what they are. Just recently, I decided to ask the stores to create "themed" tastings, which is […]


Craggy Range Pinot Noir

    …. so by now, you’ve seen the film Sideways, tasted Pinot Noir, and count yourself as one of the varietal’s many fans. Yet do you like Pinot Noir from around the world, or just certain locations? Have you taught yourself to tell the difference between a Pinot from New Zealand and Burgundy? The […]


MacRostie Pinot Noir 2005

Pinot Noir? Yawn. Been there. Done that. Sure, this finicky grape had more than its fifteen minutes of fame in the film Sideways, where the film’s characters got teary-eyed just thinking about this thin-skinned black grape varietal. Few people, however,…

California Harvest Looks Good

… the good news is that the harvest this year looks great. Wine Spectator wrote an amazing report, but it’s by subscription so I’ll try to cite as much as legally possible … – Unusually mild weather this year has…