This will not be your typical wine review site.  You have been warned.  There will be things you read here which will not mesh with the typical somm-speak this generation of wine-drinkers have become accustomed to.  I have been drinking and collecting wine for several decades and cut my teeth on Sonoma and Napa in the 80’s and 90’s before “fruit-bowl” descriptors became de rigueur but instead grew up with CGCW, Hugh Johnson and early RP and their individual forms of wine-description.  I am vehemently against today’s use of the 100-point scale in marketing.  Wine transcends a number.  I believe wine contains a plethora of earthy components each contributing to its interest but which are often left out of the conversation in today’s *all wines are wonderful* and *what a pretty winery* blogosphere.  I will also drink bad wines and tell about them.  I do not place a stigma on ‘vegetal’ or ‘brett’ as each has a place in a complex wine discussion.  Over-ripeness, over-extraction, high alcohol and the issues each contribute to balance and aging will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.  Fruit is king, acid and balance paramount.  Those who associate earthy descriptors with flawed or unpleasant wines will be disappointed on a regular basis.  Wine is alive and basal and reeks of life and sex and sweat in addition to sumptuous layers of spice and fruit.  Varietal-correctness and typicity will always win, and jammy concoctions designed for the tourist-trade will be left behind.  This is a wine blog.  It is not a winery blog or wine-lifestyle blog.  I have traveled extensively throughout California wine country for 30+ years and continue to do so, but the wine reviews here are not generated in tasting rooms or on vineyard-tours.  All wines receive identical treatment in the same room in the same glass at the same time nearly every day.  In addition to classic producers, I am constantly looking for smaller labels which run under the radar of *usual bling suspects* on social media.  Enjoy the ride.  Wine is life.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. As a wannabe sommelier, your Instagram posts form a chunk of my day. Hooray for honesty, detail and imagery. As someone from Adelaide, I took über-delight in today’s Penfolds notes.

  2. Terrible reviews of wines. I don’t find any humor in your writing and I seriously doubt you have found any success in this industry, which is built around relationships. You sound like a grouchy old man who only drinks “DOC Grand Cru” wines because that’s what important people do. Leave your reviews to real wine fans who still have a love for wine. Oh and don’t Forget to take that magnum bottle out of your ass.

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