Silver Mountain Winery – Surf City Vintners Location

Surf City Vintners – Silver Mountain Winery

Wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains is a special experience. For those of us who grew up in these mountains, getting there is part of the fun after driving in the burgeoning, weekday traffic of Silicon Valley. An exhilarating cruise through the forested canyons, only to emerge into suddenly manicured vineyards is something that can be experienced in very few wine regions. Read More

Wine Gadget Review: ArT18 Wine Preserver


ArT18 Wine Preserver

Gadget Review: ArT18 Wine Preserver

Purchased at: Donated by ArT18 who requested that we review this product*

There’s a question that any wine aficionado has to answer every time they open a bottle. Do I finish the bottle or not? On one hand, really enjoying a good bottle of wine is one of life’s pleasures. Unfortunately, leaving part of a really good bottle to slowly oxidize is one of life’s great tragedies. Ok… it’s not really that big of a tragedy compared with most world events but it’s a damn shame. Read More

Remembering Two Wine Friends

Jean-Henri Schÿler and Anne Moulton

Remembering Jean-Henri Schÿler and Anne Moulton

My blog posts are usually quite bit lighter than this one, but looking back at 2016 has left me feeling decidedly morose this morning.  2016 sucked – there really isn’t any other way to look at it. Terrorist attacks, the passing of a number friends and celebrities and an almost historically reviled election, made 2016 seemed to last for decades. Thankfully though 2016 really was only one year long. Yep, as bad as it was, it was still only a year – just 366 days (I bet you forgot that 2016 was actually a leap year so 2016 actually had an extra day to inflict its woe upon us). Read More

Pairing Desserts with Wine

Desserts and Wine Pairings

Pairing Cheesecake and Wine

Ok…so it’s the holiday season, you’re having guests over and you’re looking for wines to pair with desserts. This is your chance to wow your friends with your incredible wine pairing skills or…drum roll please…fall flat on your face because after the first sip of wine and first bit of food, the wine tastes like vinegar and the food tastes like raw sugar. Never fear…we’ve got your back to keep you from making those mistakes. Read More

Drinking Riesling In Germany…Because Man Does Not Live By Beer Alone


Tasting Riesling Wine in Germany

Recently, while on a business trip to Europe I was able to visit the land of Riesling, otherwise known as Germany. Granted Germany is known more for its beer and for the first three days while I was in Hamburg, wine was an afterthought. Read More

The Sauvignon Blanc Redemption

Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Sauvignon Blanc

I hate Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve always hated Sauvignon Blanc. I didn’t like the taste and usually found that it was often served poorly as well…too cold…small glass…the litany goes on. There really wasn’t anything about Sauvignon Blanc that I liked. However, the sharper of you readers may have noticed the past tense in those last two sentences. I now have a new reason to hate Sauvignon Blanc because I’ve kind of grown to like it…or at least some of it, so now it’s turned me into a hypocrite as well. Read More

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