Category: Wine Writing

Democracy Of Reviews

Hooray for more wine reviewers. But stay away from most "celebrity" stuff.
When it comes to the formal evaluation of wines and spirits, the advent of the internet and the rise of social media have fundamentally altered, to some degree even leveled, and largely democratized the playing field. Now practically anyone with a computer can

Unesco

Review of the Kadma Syrah 2011 and Tomatin 18 Year Old, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Among the many programs established by the United Nations is the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” The purpose of the catalog is to ensure the continued viability of specific folk practices and encourage dialog to

Holiday Gift Guide

This year's holiday Gift Giving Guide for the wine lover on your list.
While no wine-lover will ever complain about receiving a special bottle as a holiday gift, there are many other options that would please even the snobbiest on your list.

Getting The Whiskey’s ‘Backstory’

A review of the Ramot Naftaly Duet 2010 and a revisit to High West whiskies.
We are often asked why we do not assign a numerical score to the wines and spirits we review. After all, it is a process employed by many of the most popular reviewers including the eminent Robert Parker, the

Plan Your Pinot Perusing Vacation Early

The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville Oregon is a winelover's dream vacation.
The answer to where a discerning wine lover should go on their next vacation has become extremely easy to answer. Plan a trip to Oregon, specifically during the last week of July, for the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. Held in

Further Gift Ideas For The Wine Lover On One’s List

Some more holiday gift selections for the wine lover's on your list.
The holiday catalogs abound with numerous gifts ideal for the wine-lovers on your list. In addition to a nice bottle of bubbly or a Pinot Noir from Oregon or the Russian River Valley, consider some other ideas that will not spill or require

Liquid Poetry

A review of the Tzuba Pinot Noir 2010 and 2 new releases from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Among our favorite varietals for Thanksgiving is pinot noir. It is a notoriously finicky grape that can be difficult to grow and challenging to vinify, but it’s also responsible for some of the world’s greatest wines. It

Of Booze And Bores

A review of the Bartenura Moscato and Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky.
Wine is much too important to be taken too seriously. Wine is simply a beverage of refreshment. Little more than a wonderfully natural, and alcoholic, way to quench one’s thirst and enliven things a bit, and it has been since ancient times. Yet