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On Wine: A Religious Experience

Drawn by the image of silent men in robes, I drove past undulating ribbons of fruit orchards to a Trappist-Cistercian monastery just north of Chico. There, the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux...

On Wine: Here’s Looking at You, Vineyard

There’s no substitute for visiting a vineyard. For one thing, wine grapes tend to be planted in the most beautiful areas on earth (complete with good restaurants). But what do you see when you...

On Wine: Thinking inside the box

This month, my mission was to find “portable potables”: wines that you can throw into a cooler or backpack for glass-free outings.      I was amazed to discover that a 3-liter box of wine—the...

On Wine: Hot Pairings

Hot times call for cool wines, and the Sacramento area has plenty of both.     In the heat of summer, the less enlightened settle for central air conditioning and beers from the fridge, equally stale....

On Wine: Decanters Pour on the Style

June is the month I get asked most often about decanters. (Think gifts for dads, grads and bridal couples.) Here’s what I tell my friends.      When buying a decanter, your foremost consideration should...

On Wine: Putting the Foothills on the Map

The Sierra Foothills wine world is changing fast as new vineyards, new talent and millions in investment dollars take root. Would you believe the winemaker likely to affect the area the most in the...

On Wine: Vintage Matters

Like a shark that suffocates if it stops moving, I depend on the wine world to keep ideas and experiences running past my gills. Recently, new insight ran up and wrapped me in an...

On Wine: Varietals Are the Spice of Life

In ancient times, good things came in threes. Television, for example, had three networks: ABC, NBC and CBS. You could order coffee three ways: regular, decaf or espresso. And wine, as generally available in...

On Wine: Tiny Bubbles

During an interview last year, some great advice hit me on the nose like bubbles shooting out of a flute of Krug. I had asked Mario Ortiz, general manager of The Firehouse Restaurant, about...

On Wine: Coming Of Age

I don’t like sweet wines,” protested my neighbor Tim as I passed petite glasses around the table. I was serving him a Dow’s 10-year tawny Port, still young enough to be fast on its...

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