St. Laurent

St. Laurent = Red Wine Grape Variety Found Mainly in Austria & Czech Republic
I recently drove to downtown Phoenix in search of a Croatian red. I was



Of the countless bottles of red wine I’ve opened over the years, many of them had aromas of earth, soil, leather, etc. Some even had a


Olfactory: The Nose Knows

I participated in my first olfactory tasting class this week. It was offered through Carlson Creek Vineyards, a family owned and operated winery out of Willcox, Arizona (the majority of Arizona grapes are grown in Willcox, about one hour east of Tucson). The class was taught by Robert Carlson, the head


Yay For Cabernet Day!

If I hadn’t joined Twitter to connect and learn from all the other wine lovers, I more than likely wouldn’t have known about Cabernet Day (it seems every day is a designated day for something/anything!). Who came up with this? Per my extensive online research (Wine Folly’s site came up

Book, Wine,


I read Vertical this week, the sequel to Sideways, written by Miles Rex Pickett. It’s a must read if you loved Sideways, love books, and love wine Pinot Noir. The book, 382 pages short, read quickly and I couldn’t help but instantly visualize Paul Giamatti & Thomas Haden Church’s characters/voices, playing like






The state or situation of being alone.

Pablo Picasso was obviously a genius. Solitude is not only necessary at times, it’s essential for writing (and all things sanity related). Just as I downloaded the quote above, I’ve been interrupted three times which took my attention away from this masterpiece of a

Wine, Wine Tasting,

Salerno Wine Tasting & Cheers…

While spending some time with friends in South Park, we decided to visit Salerno Winery (nestled in the hills of Ramona Valley, California, about a 45 minute drive NE of San Diego).   It was an easy, quick day drive to Salerno, considering it was on a Friday, before a holiday


Juan Gil Monastrell

Spanish Wine = Excellent Value

Juan Gil is one of several wine brands produced by the Gil Family, four generations of wine makers, dating back to 1916 (see my previous post about Honoro Vera, a Garnacha also named to represent their family in the business). This 2013, silver label, Jumilla red


Honoro Vera Garnacha & WVR

Honoro Vera is a humbly priced Garnacha, produced by Bodegas Ateca (fourth generation of the Gil Family), in the Calatayud region of Spain.  Per Maria (their awesome Export contact, who was  kind enough to email me back & forth) the names of their wines represents their family.  Vera is the


Dracaena Cabernet Franc

I found this delightful bottle, made by Lori & Michael at Dracaena Wines (Paso Robles, CA), via Twitter of all places.  I was, and still am at times, a reluctant social media participant.  I decided to open a Twitter account when I began this red wine blog, primarily for fun,


Love at first wine…

I enjoy reading wine articles and blog posts as much as writing them.  I’m always learning something new, finding new wines to try, winemakers to support, and fascinated by personal wine stories.  I recently ordered a few bottles of Cabernet Franc from Dracaena Wines (I’ll be writing about this ’13


Box Wine?

Box wine (boxed/cask wine) has been around for decades, but recently there’s been a buzz surrounding this somewhat taboo form of wine container.  Is it making a comeback?  Was it ever popular?  I was initially against it, could barely make eye contact.  First of all, let’s talk aesthetics:  it’s a