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The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert

A Visit to MacDonald & Detert Oakville, Napa Valley Alex MacDonald For the longest time, I have wanted to see for myself the To-Kalon vineyards, to be surrounded by its treasured vines and walk its hallowed soils.  I wanted to experience first... (more...)

Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Vieux Chateau Certan Tasting and Visit with Monsieur Alexandre Thienpont June 2010 Vieux Chateau Certan (VCC)   The roof of VCC peaking through the trees from the road. Saving the best for last is something I do when it... (more...)

“The Vineyardist”

“The Vineyardist” Diamond Mountain Napa Valley May 28, 2012      While researching our trip to Napa, I came across a new wine made by Mark Herold, who made wines in the late 90’s and early 00’s... (more...)

Auctioning, 1997 Cakebread Cabernet and Lisa’s Lamb This weekend I was looking forward to Sunday dinner. It was Lisa’s turn and she was making her outstanding rack of lamb. Syrah is the traditional pairing for lamb, but by no means is... (more...)

1997 St. Supery Meritage Napa Valley RedDrinking well, but near the end of its optimal drinking window. Color: Dark red center, lightening edges, but still pretty dark for 11 years of age. Nose: Dark red fruits – cherry and currants, sage and some... (more...)