Within the borders of Wine's Metaphysical Country is a complexity of filigree and trellis; a latticework of weft and skein and weave; a many-tendril'd meshwork made of crossroad laid on crossroad, linked to crossroad. Art meets science here as the past crosses the future over there. Tradition and experiment triangulate and complement. Data mining spreadsheets, [...]
There are very many wine blogs. As of the last "official" count, there are over 1.2 million blogs that either self-define as wine blogs, or include enough content on wine to be classified as such. ~ Ok, that's not actually true. In fact, it's a complete lie. But in truth, there are over one thousand. [...]
…most fascinating tidbit of all, you can taste the same wine a thousand times, and every time, it will taste unique; wine is a living beast, and the human mind is a powerful influence.
Only from the twisted genius mind of Christopher Watkins! I can't wait for the next caper!
There's nothing like a blind tasting to make you think about how difficult tasting and describing wine is. When you look at a label there's a certain expectation, which may be met or may not. Even when the professional critics have their blind tastings for publications they know up front at least something about the wines in front of them - they are all new releases and they know the region and grape varieties.
When Christopher Watkins hosts blind tastings for bloggers at Ridge he …
How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977? How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977? How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977? ~ Michael Torino said it, and I haven't forgotten it. We were discussing Strega Waterfront, in the Seaport District of Boston, and I asked him [...]
When you are Ridge Vineyards, and you have invited 12 of the best and brightest food & wine luminaries in the country to your estates, you are faced with a daunting question: where do you take them for dinner? Part I. If you are Ridge Vineyards/ Monte Bello , and you are 2300 feet above The [...]
If there is one thing I get teased about above all else, it is the fact that I always wear a sportcoat. In fact, it wouldn't be far from the truth to say, that literally not a day goes by without someone remarking on my constant penchant for appearing so encoated. But to borrow a [...]
We've been fortunate to have great cause for discussion of late, as regards the 2011 Geyserville, courtesy of a recent honorific bestowed by the Quarterly Review of Wines: CO-BEST OF SHOW 2011 Ridge Geyserville, Sonoma County 2011 Ridge Geyserville, Sonoma County $ 38. Soft, spicy, textured, concentrated, with strawberry-cherry flavors and elegant finish. Delicious! CO-BEST OF [...]
I'll endeavor to roll like a composer for a moment, and see if I can't harmonize a few contrapuntal threads. Melody # 1 — make it the bass line — goes a little something like this: If you know football, you know Denver, and if you know Denver, you know the Broncos, and if you [...]
Great restaurants are of a place. They are an integral component in their regional eco-culinary oeno-system. They cannot, and should not, be considered separate - or separately - from their immediate environment. They are a thread in fabric, a note on a stave, a rhyme in a line, a dab on a canvas, a soul [...]