Category Archives: Red Wine

June Tasting Selection: And the Winner Is…

After a barn-burning vote, and by barn-burning I mean me bugging people to give me their opinion, we have a selection for our June tasting.  Facebook was involved, as was email, and eventually a Virginia quarter spun on a table.  … Continue reading

Blind Tastings, Syrah

Linda’s May/June Picks: Russian River Reds Pinot & Five Vinters Zinfandel

Oops. May got a little busy. And I may or may not have posted a Linda’s pick. (I’ll save you the trouble of searching: I didn’t.) But I’m here to make up for it! We’ve been enjoying these two wines … Continue reading

Linda's Pick, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

Meet a Winemaker: Regis Chaigne

Before we get to the interview, I have a confession to make…I suffer from too-many-ideas-too-little-time-itis.  It’s plagued me for a while now and has resulted in a few purchased web domains, email conversation and pitch decks with friends that fall … Continue reading

Cabernet Sauvignon, France, Meet a Winemaker, Sauvignon Blanc

Barrique Wine Bar: Like Tasting Wine in a Barrel

Last month, Linda and I stopped in for a drink at Barrique before an awesome dinner at Babbacco.  If you’re in SF, check Barbacco out.  The food was ridiculous, and it was the first time we ordered wine through an … Continue reading

Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Wine Bar

Carhartt Winery: Backyard Watering Hole

Carhartt Winery is located in downtown Los Olivos, right on the corner as you turn in from Route 154.  It’s almost hidden under a handful of large shady trees along the sidewalk.  It’s an unassuming building (on the road to … Continue reading

Merlot, Rhone, Sangiovese, Santa Barbara, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, USA

Chris’ Pick: Clos LaChance Grenache 2005

This month I decided to go back in time a little bit and pull out a wine from our collection.  It’s been in our collection for about 3 years now since it’s one of the wines served during our wedding … Continue reading

Chris' Pick, Grenache, USA

Curtis Winery: The Bachelor & Chocolate Truffles

It’s good to be a Firestone. On one hand, you own Curtis Winery, producing Rhone style wines since 1995. On the other hand, you got to appear on The Bachelor (Season 3 for those who are counting), propose to a … Continue reading

Grenache, Mourvèdre, Rhone, Roussanne, Santa Barbara, Syrah, USA, Viogner

Foxen Winery: Tasting Bordeaux, Contemplating Tattoos

Foxen Winery has been around since 1985 and produces a number of different wines from their own vineyards as well as purchased grapes.  The one vineyard they own is the only dry farmed vineyard in the region, meaning the grapes … Continue reading

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Santa Barbara, Sauvignon Blanc, USA

Italian Red Wine: Molto Lieto

Our blind tasting this past Easter introduced two things: Italian reds and our blog to some of our friends.  Both went pretty well, probably because we drank a lot of wine and really enjoyed it.  Opinions definitely differed on what … Continue reading

Aglianico, Blind Tastings, Frappato, Italy, Nebbiolo, Nero d'Avola, Sangiovese

$10 and Under, Take Two: 2010 Norton Malbec

A little while back, I failed miserably at trying to find two super cheap bottles of red. (You can read about that debacle here.) So, this time I heeded my own advice and did two things: 1) Went to Trader … Continue reading

Argentina, Linda's Pick, Malbec