The 3 Secrets behind Wine and Food Pairing

by Rich Abbruscato

Pairing wine with food is straight forward, but not in the way writers in columns might have you believe. It is important to remember that they are writing for entertainment. Their descriptions of the food tend to be elaborate and interesting. But rarely insightful as to the underlying food characteristics that drive their suggestions. The underlying characteristics are important to know for a successful pairing of food and wine. There is a lot of science behind tasting, but in food-wine pairing, there are a few that are especially significant. Let’s look deeper into acid, tannins and sweetness. What’s…

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The Mouton Mystery

by Stuart George

Stuart George tells the story of his purchase of a special wine from the cellar of a special house with special owners... Faringdon House is a 14,510 square feet house in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England. The house is Grade I-listed, protected as a “building of exceptional interest”. It was built 1770–85 for Sir Henry James Pye, who was the then Poet Laureate (an honorary position appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom). Faringdon House was a remote, quiet country manor until Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners, inherited it from an uncle in 1918. From his…

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3 Varieties To Keep In Mind As The Climate Warms

by Mark Aselstine

It's something that's come up a few times in conversations of late: which wine varieties are likely to benefit from climate change? There's already been a ton of ink spilled on which grapes are likely to turn out worse wine because the climate is warming, but there's been little talk about which grapes could actually benefit. Malbec: If you're familiar with the history of the grape, it's native to France (or at least evolved into the international variety we know there) but really didn't gain a foothold until it found its way to South America. The reason? Mildew is…

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3 Wine Regions With Definite Challenges Despite The Hype

by Mark Aselstine

One thing I find about the wine industry, there's an awful lot of hype. Too much hype at times. Sometimes the hype far surpasses what those outside of the industry think, or even know about a region. To that end, here's 3 wine regions that have some challenges, despite the fact that the hype is very real: Santa Barbara County: What could be better, a world class wine region, sharing a name with a city that is often referred to the as American Riviera? To start, the wine region isn't all that close to downtown Santa Barbara. Which…

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3 Interesting Cool Climate Vineyard Locations in California

by Mark Aselstine

Cool climate vineyards have become all the rage. In California we’re seeing it happen perhaps more quickly than it is elsewhere, largely because so many regions are already feeling planted out. It’s hard to find prime vineyard space in places like Napa Valley, the Russian River Valley and large swatches of Paso Robles. Those expensive sites and difficult to find land has caused farmers and vintners to search for sites that were once considered marginal. Whereas a decade ago these marginal spots likely were only the warmer inland regions where you knew the grapes would ripen, vintners are increasingly…

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Return To Tijuana

by Ron Kapon

Around 35 years ago I walked over the border from California to Tijuana. I had been in San Diego on a press trip and had a free afternoon/evening. My main stop was at Hong Kong (not the city but the “gentlemen’s club’). The Zona Norte was among the largest red-light districts in North America. Without getting graphic it was for sex, drugs and rock & roll. When I was invited to spend 2 ½ days in Tijuana by an old friend who has a business there I accepted his invitation. Teloro is the largest solar business for the Hispanic…

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The Exciting World of Gin Cocktails

by Rob Jones

What exactly is Gin? Well it is basically a clear herbal spirit which is perfect for shaking up with fruits, veg, herbs and juices, and other spirits! If you're new to the fashionable world of gin cocktail making it is recommended that you test the water (or rather the gin) and try out the more well-known ones to begin with. The best way to start is to search through as many of the available recipes you can find until you find the one that you think you will enjoy the best. The recipe selections include many well-known brands of…

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TX6 - a T-Rex from Texas

by Susanna Gaertner

At my first glimpse of the bottle from this hitherto unknown to me Texan winery, I didn't know exactly what to think, not to mention that “Texas Red Wine” did not sound promising. But you shouldn't judge a book by the cover. While I freely admit to not loving the label, I am IN love with the contents. The TX6 from Locations Wine is crafted from blend of assorted Bordeaux varietals, barrel aged in neutral French oak for ten months and then released for what turns out to be a singularly stunning red wine. Locations purposefully blends across appellations…

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