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...

Do a Wine and Chocolate Tasting!

by Vicky Farrow, Proprietor, Amista Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA  www.amistavineyards.com     “What chocolate do you pair with un-oaked Chardonnay”?  I must admit, it never occurred to me to ask the question.  Then one night I was pouring our Amista Vineyards wines at an event and I met Elyce Zahn, founder of Cocotutti.  She was sampling...

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH, Wines

Palisade, Colorado; Population 2,600  Grand Valley AVA Pal-i-sade, noun; A line of bold cliffs (Miriam-Webster)  For me finding this place was a real Rocky Mountain High!   Driving through the Rocky Mountains with my dog Pickle; I’ve done it many times absorbed in the immense remains of the Quarternary flood plains and wrecked upthrust and torn...

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,...