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How The Other 47 Live, and What We Might Learn if Only We Would Listen

Since 1976, Jancis Robinson has been watching the American wine craft evolve. She told me that she was still confounded by how little of it is available in the United Kingdom, especially as she works with Linda Murphy (who researches the left side of the pond intensively). Mses.

Celebrate the Pairing of Wine and Orchids

There may come a day when it will be beneficial to you or those around you to consider how to pair wine with orchids.  Now you can prepare yourselves.

From today, February 21st through Sunday, February 24, 2013, The San Francisco Orchid Society will be conducting the Pacific Orchid Exposition at the Fort Mason Center as a fundraiser for the Conservatory of Flowers (Golden Gate Park) and the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture.

San Francisco Chronicle U.S. Wine Competition 2013 - Best of Class - Chardonnay Under $20: Highway 12 Carneros 2011

As the blind judging panels slaved their way through countless flights of many wines and price tiers early in January 2013, the report came in from judge Jim Caudill (Director of PR and Hospitality at The Hess Collection) that somehow the whole competition had taken on new en

Sharpen your Quality-Price points with the San Francisco Chronicle U.S. Wine Competition Public Tasting 2013

On January 10, 2013, I met with a few of the judges in the San Francisco Chronicle U.S. Wine Competition on a lunch break in the middle of their blind judging panels at the Citrus Fair grounds in Cloverdale, California.  

Three Blind Tasters Calibrate their Sensibilities with Rick Beard's Palate

Rick Beard, the proprietor of Groezinger Wine Merchants in Yountville knows the small artisan winegrowers and makers well, and shares his joys generously with everyone that passes through his store.  His shop is like a portal to the hidden wineries that have no visitor center and that require significant pull for entry.  Rick recently brought a brilliant selection to Tasting in the Dark at the Toutsuite Social Media Club. 

Creating a Tour de Force with the Forgotten Vines

Promoting Wine Through Culinary Collaboration: Rutini's Fantasy Dinner at Manresa

On October 29, 2012 Mauro Colagreco performed the second sequel of his famous artisan wine-food pairing collaboration with David Kinch,owner/chef of Manresa, the fabled Michelin two-star miracle (these past five years) of Los Gatos, CA.

Sacrificing Yield for the Whole Life Rewards of the Ancients at Corison Vineyards

In a ToutSuite Social Club videoconference, Cathy Corison explains how her Corison Vineyards deliver such extraordinary fruit to their winemaking practice. I ask her about the age of the vines in her vineyard. She tells us that their vineyard is among the last of the old cabernet vineyards in Napa. Rather than bulldozing and replanting en masse, she replants individual vines when they die. The average age of the vineyard is about 40 years. The yield is one and a quarter tons per acre.

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