I’m continually in search of an honest drink, and am honest in everything I write here.

Wine, beer, spirits, cider, all good. Coffee and tea?  Sorry, I gave them up.

Duckhorn Acquires Calera

Duckhorn Wine Co. announced today its acquisition of Calera Wine Co. from California Pinot Noir pioneer Josh Jensen. DWC, which includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Goldeneye, Paraduxx, Migration, Decoy and Canvasback, continues its growth, this time in Hollister, in San Benito County....

Farewell, Dennis Martin

Longtime Fetzer Vineyards winemaker Dennis Martin died Aug. 13, and I miss him already. Denny, who succumbed to cancer at age 69, was a key cog in Fetzer’s winemaking machine for more than three decades, retiring in 2015 as vice...

NZ Geographic Indications

Kia Ora, Kiwi GIs New Zealand wine producers just got the news they’ve been longing to hear for 11 years: The Geographical Indications Registration Act 2006 has gone into effect, giving wineries in 18 viticultural regions the opportunity to register...

Read This Book Now

It was January 2006, in the wine and food department at The San Francisco Chronicle. I picked up my ringing phone and it was a representative of now-famous Napa Valley grapegrower Andy Beckstoffer. And boy, was she mad. “How could...

New Reviews

About my ratings: I’m not a fan of assigning numbers to reviews, yet the industry, and many consumers, expect them. Here, I use the 100-point scale because it’s the system most embraced in the U.S. and increasingly, the world. Yet...