BASTILLE DAY: A Jeffersonian Perspective

BASTILLE DAY: A Jeffersonian Perspective

Jun 23, 2013

Written and Adapted from a presentation to the San Diego Chevaliers du Tastevin  by Jack C. Fisher and John Ahlering  (at Coronado, California on July 14, 1989)  Thomas Jefferson petitioned his government in Nov.1788 for relief of all duties in Paris; Personal affairs in Virginia required his full attention. But the uncertainties of maritime transport and...

MON DIEU ! Have French policy-makers fallen off their bicycles?

MON DIEU !  Have French policy-makers fallen off their bicycles?

Jun 23, 2013

Mon Dieu, Wine sales in deep decline in France; Breathalyzers might be required in all cars? Wine is a drug!    Mon Dieu! No wonder the wine salesmen of France are scrambling to get the rest of us buying more wine.  It’s a serious problem for 100,000 French winemakers who are mostly farmers.  A thousand years and more of work developing what are...

PASO ROBLES, A California Central Coast Treasure!

PASO ROBLES,  A California Central Coast Treasure!

Jun 13, 2013

                        Friend and colleague, Payne Johnson and I drove down the California coast road to visit Paso Robles. A place that has been formed into lush wine country by ancient geologic forces that scraped Pliocene sea bottom, limestone and silicates to make a rich stew of land ideal to grow grapes and make great wines. We stopped often...

Grape Clones: Nature Versus Nurture

Grape Clones:   Nature Versus Nurture

Jun 11, 2013

By Sandon Purcell       “Years ago, when I was an undergraduate at U.C. San Diego (and aspiring Basketball player), I remember reading about the legendary Chicago Bulls player,Michael Jordan. Mr. Jordan, it turns out, was 6’- 6”, and 195 pounds, which also happened to be exactly my size and weight. If we were anatomically almost...

MORE GREAT CALIFORNIA WINE From the Santa Rita Hills

By Fred Frye  The Santa Rita Hills Ken Brown Wines In the Santa Rita Hills: About seven years ago I enjoyed a bottle of Pinot Noir from a winemaker named Ken Brown. Later that year I viewed a KPBS special called “Wine for the Confused” produced by  John Clease of Monty Python fame. A gentleman named Ken Brown was interviewed as part of the program...