U.S. Label Laws-Fact #1

So when you sit down tonight to open that crisp, grassy Sauvignon Blanc, or, for that matter, any other U.S. produced wine, think about this… Any bottle with a varietal label (i.e., Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon, Rombauer Chardonnay) is only required to contain 75% juice from that particular grape varietal.  Up to 25% of any specifically labelled…

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Brettanomyces-A Naughty Little Yeast

If you are feeling a bit Wine Geeky this morning….here is a great article on one of the most common wine spoilage issues, the yeast Brettanomyces.  Sometimes good, sometimes bad, this little guy adds to the complexity of winemaking.  Enjoy! xoxoSusan   Meet Brett: Why You Do or Don’t Want It In Your Wine. Meet…

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium

Everyone who is anyone in the wine world is in my town this week.  The 2012 Wine and Grape Symposium is going on at the Sacramento Convention Center as we speak!  Early reports out of the discussion forums are that growers are beginning to worry about 2012  being a dry year….get ready for an Econ 101…

Identifying Wine

I have been working to develop my tasting skills for many years.  Wine has been a hobby of mine for such a long time, actually, going on 20 years.   I have vastly improved my varietal identification  in blind tastings, and I can pick up many nuanced aromas in a wine’s bouquet.  Now, to you all,  I confess, like the best…

FINALLY AN EMAIL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM!!!

Many people have mentioned over the months that they need reminders to hit the blog.  Some of you have hit "Subscribe to the Feed", but that requires you to remember to go to your "Favorites" bar and read the feed, which isn't as visually interesting as the actual blog.  At long last, I have learned a bit about programming…

As a postscript to my last entry….let it be known I left out one of my favorites. I love Tablas Creek down in Paso Robles….they are a classic Rhone Ranger. Tablas is a California base for a famed Rhone producing family, the Perrins, of Chateau Beaucastel. One of their blends, Cotes de Tablas is smooth…

A Grape By Any Other Name—Syrah? Shiraz?

Yep…..I know a few of you have pondered this red wine conundrum (anyone catch the pun-comment if you did).   When the Australian invasion began you started hearing about this unknown varietal, but let's put it to rest right now…Shiraz and Syrah are viticulturally the same species of black grape.  Only true difference:  Australians like to call the…

Did some tasting at 58 Degrees and Holding in Sacramento last night. I went with a flight of reds, was particularly fond of the 2007 Bell Massa Ranch Petit Verdot from Yountville. I am seeing a trend in liking reds produced by Bell, the winner from last spring's blind tasting at my house. I may…

Wine: A Subject of Mystery

If you are visiting this blog, I'm assuming you love wine as much as I do.  If you have a combo passion— wine, foodie, and perhaps reading,  then here's a tip for you!  There is a very small series entitled The Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Mysteries,  written by Nadia Gordon, an author with ties to Sacramento. …