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

Undiscovered Italy, Part Two: The Secrets of Umbria (#WineStudio)

Last week I took you on a virtual tour of Le Marche, the wine region that lies on the central Adriatic coast, due east of Tuscany.  It was part of an educational excursion put together by Protocol Wine Studio and its fearless leader, Tina Morey.  The other half of our August sojourn took us to the geographic heart of Italy – Umbria.  Nestled among some of … Continue reading Undiscovered Italy, Part Two: The Secrets of Umbria (#WineStudio)

A Stroll through Le Marche: Italy’s Undiscovered Wine Country

Each month Tina Morey from Protocol Wine Studio leads a group of wine writers on a virtual tasting tour of a fascinating wine region.   From one month to the next, she and a rotating cast of importers, winemakers, educators, and wine travel specialists explain what makes a given region special: grape varieties, winemaking styles, local culture and history.  It’s a great way to engage with other … Continue reading A Stroll through Le Marche: Italy’s Undiscovered Wine Country