Must-Try Wine:
Louis Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Posted on 6/28/2013 10:35:00 AM by Eric Anderson

If you’re looking for an everyday cabernet sauvignon that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, this may be right up your alley. Read More



13 Tips for Hosting the Best Wine-Tasting Party for Newbies

Posted on 6/26/2013 4:45:00 PM by Eric Anderson

OK, you’re really into wine, but many of your friends aren’t. Want to get them started? Try hosting a wine-tasting party.

Here are a few tips that I’ve found helpful: Read More


Must-Try Wine:
Saint-Hilaire 2010 Brut Sparkling Wine (Blanquette de Limoux AOC)

Posted on 6/14/2013 9:53:00 AM by Eric Anderson

Who doesn’t love a good bottle of Champagne? Who wouldn’t love it more if it cost a whole lot less? If you answered “Moi!” to both, your ship has come in. Read More



Are You Going to Drink that Wine?

Posted on 6/12/2013 2:45:00 PM by Eric Anderson

A bottle of wine is not a time capsule. Like all living things, wine ages over time. Even though it’s sealed in a bottle, it continues to gradually change from its youthful fruitiness to a more mellow and complex thing—just like us. But how much time you have before it becomes a relic depends on the wine. Read More

The Versatility of Port

Posted on 6/10/2013 8:36:00 AM by Eric Anderson

Port is a fortified dessert wine made in Portugal by adding brandy or neutral grape spirits to wine before it has finished fermenting. The result is a sweet wine with about 20 percent alcohol. Read More



Maybe a Little Love for Chenin Blanc?

Posted on 6/3/2013 11:40:00 AM by Eric Anderson

Since the 11th Century, France’s famed Loire Valley has produced lovely wines from the chenin blanc grape. The wines from Savennieres and Vouvray vary from dry to sweet, pair with a variety of foods quite well, and seem to age marvelously, lasting decades or more. Read More


Taking Your Wine on a Cruise -
Are wine lovers able to bring some of their own wine aboard to enjoy during the voyage?

Posted on 5/29/2013 12:00:00 PM by Eric Anderson

We’ve got plenty of chances to relax and vacation at sea around here, especially with so many cruise ships scheduled into and out of the nearby ports of San Diego and Long Beach/Los Angeles. Is it kosher to bring your own wine to enjoy on the voyage? The answer is a qualified “yes,” but it also depends upon the cruise line. Read More



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