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...

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...

WOMEN WINEMAKERS Why So Few? Big Gender Shift Ahead!

By Payne Johnson facts, figures and graphics in this article  about women winemakers are courtesy of  Dr. Lucia Gilbert and her husband  Dr.Jack Gilbert     Of the 3200 + wineries in California, approximately 10% of the wineries have a woman as their lead winemaker, and the number will double soon!   Modern women are rapidly proving to be...

THE BROTHERHOODS OF WINE, (first installment)

By Frederick A. Frye, M.D.   A member of the brotherhoods of wine: Grand Chambellan of Commanderie d’Amerique  Confrerie de Chevaliers du Tastevin.  Presently Fred is an officer at the National level with the Brotherhood.  He wrote this article some years ago and presented at the Clos de Vougeot to an International audience of UNESCO Delegates...

FORM + FERMENTATION The Architecture of Wineries

  By Sally Anne Smith, AIA The architecture of a winery is usually the visual expression of the vintners philosophy of wine. The following wineries incorporate some striking architecture as well as having a history of having their wines compete in the “Judgement of Paris” Wine Tasting in 1976.   CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY San Francisco businessman,...