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A Mohave Desert Winery -The only one!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013

Pahrump, Nevada, Driving from Las Vegas about 55 miles west, and about half way to Death Valley is a small town that benefits greatly from their winery.  In Pahrump, there are...

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Artisans

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013

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...

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History

BASTILLE DAY: A Jeffersonian Perspective

Posted by on 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...

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Recent Posts

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...

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,...

WINE TASTING,Technical,Scientific,and Learned

The information here is provided courtesy of  Ann, and excerpts from Ann’s published & copyrighted material are published with her permission.  WINE TASTING: Ann is a sensory chemist and a retired professor from the University of California, Davis.  Ann developed the “Wine Aroma Wheel” while teaching there.  Wine aroma wheels in...

ITALIAN WINES an interview with an expert

  San Gimignano, Tuscany Photo taken through an old window in a hotel in the ancient hill town, San Gimignano, in Chianti, Tuscany  just after a morning rain was clearing. Italian Wines and ITALY, once you have visited,you may leave, but the beauty never leaves your heart. Wine Country is everywhere in Italy. The softly lit, green velvet rolling vineyards...

Moving Wines About the Planet

Perils of Wine Transport By Dr. Jack C. Fisher Just imagine the following scene: after visiting a few favorite wineries, in Napa or Santa Inez or maybe in Beaune, France, you‘ve managed to collect a half dozen prime bottles and they’re packaged in a six bottle carrying carton. So for the flight home, you check your baggage and bring the wine on board for...

CHEESE and WINE a tasting party

CHEESE and WINE a tasting party

Jan 17, 2013

By Dr. Fred Frye There are many people who say that a meal is incomplete without a little cheese to finish.  Cheese and Wine: Some are content to dispense with dessert and end the repast with a cheese plate.  There are others who enjoy a whole separate experience with cheese after the dessert course as in the United Kingdom with their famous...