El Dorado Passport 2014

And so another El Dorado Passport slips into history. This one was a good one. With 32 participating wineries, it was one of the larger Passports in recent memory. There were a hand full of wineries that were participating for the first time, along with some old regulars. Passport is the premier wine tasting event […]

Vines surrounding Gold Hill Vineyard. Photo copyright 2014, David Locicero

Some Hands On Tasting Advice

The fine folks over at thekitchn.com have posted a great little wine tasting experiment we can do to help us understand wine and food pairing basics. These are BASICS, but for many of us, just mastering these will vastly improve our ability to pair wines with food. So grab a white, a red, a lemon, […]

El Dorado Passport 2014

It is that time of year again: Passport 2014 is right around the corner! This year’s Passport will be on the weekends of April 5 & 6 and April 12 & 13. With over 30 participating wineries, this year promises to be one of the best Passport events yet. If you aren’t familiar, the El […]

Grgich Hills, Napa

Wine Tasting In Napa

While it is true that I am a lover of Gold Country wines, and that I enjoy exploring the wines of lesser known California wine regions, that doesn’t mean that I don’t go to Napa on occasion. Last weekend, we joined two friends for a jaunt to Napa. We met at Pizzeria Tra Vigna for […]

Crystal Basin Cellars Cabernet Franc

A couple of days ago I made a mustard/wasabi encrusted pork roast. I wanted to serve it with a Grenache. For some reason (glug, glug), we had no Granache in the house. Shock! So I rummaged around in the racks and cases of wine until I found a wine that I thought might pair well. […]

CBC 2009 Cab Franc

2010 skinner dry diggings

Tasting Notes: Skinner 2010 Dry Diggings

I’ll come right out and say it: this is a perty darn good wine. The Skinner family has deep roots in the Sierra Foothills. The winery hit the ground running when they opened a couple years ago with some nice reds. They continue to improve with every new release. Sharing it’s name with the original […]

Narrow Gate Roussanne

The other night we grilled some salmon. I opened up a bottle of Narrow Gate’s 2011 Dunamis El Dorado Roussanne. It was a terrific pairing! The 2011 Roussanne is a dry white wine. It has a nice mineral quality, with light fruit and exquisite acid. The acid made this wine perfect with the fatty fish. […]


Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it is already 2014. (Well, it will be 2014 by the time most of you read this New Year’s Eve posting.) The year flew by and was chock full of STUFF. Much of 2013’s STUFF was good stuff: a great time at Passport 2013 in El […]

David Locicero at Stage Left Cellars

I will be selling and signing my books this coming Saturday, December 7, from 11am until 5pm at Stage Left Cellars in Oakland. Come on over to Stage Left and sample their wines, which are very good, meet some great folks and say “Hi”. I will be selling all of my books: Pour Me Another, […]

Copyright David Locicero 2013

Mass Production Wines vs Small Lot Wines

Madeline Puckette, the source of wit and wisdom at winefolly.com, a great blog by the way, recently posted 6 Misunderstood Things About Wine. In the post Madeline covers some “myths” about wine. I don’t know how many of these are actually prevalent myths. I would like to weigh in on the subject of aging wines. […]