Category Archives: EMPTIED BOTTLES

Here reside my bottle breakdowns. These reviews provide information about each wine’s context: history, geography, value, etc., and composition: from appearance and aromas, to sweetness, acidity, tannin, body, length, flavors and quality within its type. Each review features a chart where I rank the wine’s qualities (e.g. light, medium, or full bodied) according to the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s tasting guide. These are snapshots of a wine and reviewer. Don’t be surprised if the wine and your perception of it change. Use this data to buy and taste wine with purpose.

Stop worrying if a wine is bad or good. Judgment only describes the judge. Instead, treat each wine, each bottle, even each sip as a meeting unique unto itself. Find new wines here to stretch your mind and palate.

Open bottle. Open mind.


Enjoy my video tour through six of the rarer grape varieties Kenneth Volk experimented with, from Aglianico to Touring Nacional, and see how they show eighteen or so years since harvest. I have always found his wines challenging, complex, not always lovable, but true to their European roots, funk, acidity, and all. Although Ken Volk’s life of winemaking is coming to an end, you can still order some of these gems at Continue reading

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Whiskey Review: Mount Vernon, Straight Rye Whiskey, Virginia

Ready to warm up this winter? Taste some history and watch my visit and review of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery, Straight Rye Whiskey: Continue reading

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Okanagan Winery Visit: Quail’s Gate Dry Riesling Wine Tasting

Watch me in all my splendor tour you through the Okanagan’s landmark winery, Quail’s Gate, and taste their electric dry Riesling:

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Cheers to Fall Wine Review: 2012 Hermitage by M Chapoutier Monier de la Sizeranne

It is Fall, and the season beckons you to watch me elucidate about this most fabulous Syrah:

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Okanagan Winery Visit: O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars Wine Review Chardonnay

Hello! Follow me through Canada’s famed Okanagan Valley and check out the most extreme wines of the North. Today’s example, newcomer: O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars and their Chardonnay. Continue reading

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