Mendoza Beyond Malbec – The Vineyards of Achaval-Ferrer (#winestudio)

Last September, I was lucky enough to tag along with the #winestudio gang as it visited the Mendoza vineyards of Achaval-Ferrer. As you might suspect, the focus of that virtual voyage was Malbec, the Bordeaux grape that has reinvented itself in the southern hemisphere, wooing wine lovers with its ripe fruit flavors and budget-friendly prices. What most surprised me during our four-week adventure though, was … Continue reading Mendoza Beyond Malbec – The Vineyards of Achaval-Ferrer (#winestudio)

Dry Creek Valley Delights: The Meeker Vineyard (#WineStudio)

    As one of the first wineries to receive an operating license after prohibition, the Meeker Vineyard could be considered a member of Dry Creek Valley’s old guard, a testament to tradition in one of the most-respected American Viticultural Areas (AVAs.) The Meeker family traces its winemaking roots back to the 1980s, when Charlie Meeker (then a Hollywood film producer) and his wife Molly … Continue reading Dry Creek Valley Delights: The Meeker Vineyard (#WineStudio)

Perseverance and Passion: The Story of Ordaz Family Wines

    How often do we get the chance to look right into the heart of a thing we love?  An opportunity to see beyond the polished surface to its core; to observe the essence of it, the skeleton and sinew that hold it all together?  Participants in February’s #WineStudio did just that, thanks to a two-week engagement with Ordaz Family Wines in Sonoma Valley.  … Continue reading Perseverance and Passion: The Story of Ordaz Family Wines

Single-Vineyard Riesling from Max Ferdinand Richter (#winestudio Part 2)

  Last month, participants of Wine Studio, an on-line interactive education seminar hosted by Tina Morey, delved into the intricacies of Mosel Riesling.  During the first two weeks, we focused our studies on the lovely wines of Karthauserhof, a monopole property originally founded by Carthusian monks in the 11th century.  (You can read the details in my post HERE.)  But Tina wasn’t finished with us … Continue reading Single-Vineyard Riesling from Max Ferdinand Richter (#winestudio Part 2)

All Roads Lead to Riesling (#winestudio)

I may have co-opted the famous saying about perceived Roman dominance many centuries ago, but I feel it’s appropriate.  After all, Riesling has made quite powerful friends of late, namely the sommeliers who love to tout its unmatched affinity for a wide range of cuisines, not to mention its ability to age for decades without losing any of its famed balance and finesse.  But in … Continue reading All Roads Lead to Riesling (#winestudio)

Do You Know This Sexy Beast?

October’s #WineStudio set sail for Australia last week, under the stewardship of Tina Morey of Protocol Wine Studio and the folks at Two Hands Wines of Australia (McLaren Vale and Barossa, to be specific.)  By all accounts it’s shaping up to be quite an adventure, with tastings representing each of the winery’s three tiers:  the Picture Series, Garden Series, and Flagship Series.  If you want to … Continue reading Do You Know This Sexy Beast?

Malbec Mea Culpa – #WineStudio

Have you been to Argentina?  My toes haven’t yet touched down in any part of South America but, thanks to Protocol Wine Studio I feel like I’ve just come back from a month-long wine internship in Mendoza.  As she does each month, Tina Morey put together a diverse group of wine writers from around the country and hauled the lot of us (virtually, of course) to … Continue reading Malbec Mea Culpa – #WineStudio