WINES of the MIDDLE EAST-JORDAN

“Yella, yella”.  That’s a phrase I heard a lot when I was growing up.  A Middle Eastern family had moved to our neighborhood in the late 1960s. There were three girls and one boy, and they became a big part of our neighborhood, a tiny cul-du-sac with a gang of kids numbering nearly 15.  Whenever…

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Sonoma County Summer White Wines

We’ve already passed Memorial Day and it’s quite awhile until  Labor Day, so you know what that means, it’s time for your summer white wines.  Here are three examples from the general Sonoma County area that I have recently tried:  two made from grapes out of the Knights Valley area and one from vineyards near…

Revolution

I recently did a side by side tasting of some wines produced by local Sacramento winery, Revolution.  I should mention that I haven't loved their wines in the past, but have found their Port to be interesting.  I also don't care for Chardonnay, in general.  I've tasted in their tasting room and attended one of their wine…

See You on the Way to Mendocino?

A long-time friend recently brought a bottle of red as a gift for me to try.  It was from Milano Family Winery in the Russian River area of Northern California.   I just opened it the other day and shared it with  my jetsetting buddy Jill, who was telling tales of her trip to Thailand and Japan.  We both thought it was…

Oh Canada…

I get all giddy at the thought of a trip to Canada.  I LOVE that country.   I’ve determined if I hada grander tolerance for chilly winters, it’d be Vancouver all the way, baby.  Cosmopolitan, clean, great people,  amazing restaurants with cool wine lists, Stanley Park, dragon races, the Grand Isle Market…wow, I could go on—that…

Pouilly Fuisse, Chablis, White Burgundy….aka Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine purchased and consumed in the US today.  We gulp cheap Aussie critter specimens by the metric ton, and we scan by-the-glass menus for reliable California brands.   This varietal is a bit to the general population today what Blue Nun was back in the 1970s.  Light and crisp, readily available, easy to drink, inexpensive to…