Yearly Archives: 2011

2011 Opinionated Wine Guide’s Year in Review

Ah, you can almost hear the siren song of the bloggers as they wrap up their year’s blogging exploits, successes and failures.  ‘Tis the time of year when we are all wont to reflect on our year just past and begin to plan for the year not yet arrived. And I’m no different. 2011 was […]

Detail of the wall o' wine at Scott Harvey's Sutter Creek tasting room

Merry, happy!

Happy Holidays!

It is that time of the year.  I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season.  This year we’ll be popping open some Gold Hill Champagne, and probably a 2006 Bordeaux that was given to us a few months ago. I’ll be largely off the internet until sometime next week.  I hope that […]

Sweet Wines Not Just For Dessert

Jon Bonne, wine writer for the San Francisco Chronicle recently wrote a piece about sweet wines.  Go read it.  I’ll wait.  Done?  Good. I tend to agree with him.  Sweet wines aren’t just for dessert.  They pair nicely with many foods, not just cake, particularly the rich “feasting” type foods that come out during the […]

Holiday Gift Idea for French Wine Lovers

If you have a French wine lover on your list, or if you haven’t hopped on the “drink local” bandwagon, this is the ideal gift: a wine map of french wines in the graphic style of the London Tube map.  It’s genius! The product of another San Francisco Bay Area based architect turned wine writer, […]

French Wine Map

Shameless Commerce

Now that has renewed it’s previously halted Associates Store program in California, I have reactivated my Amazon Associate Store.  You can find Great books about wine by authors like Natalie MacLean and David Darlington Cool stuff for yourself and wine lovers in you life including the items from my list of Gifts For The […]

Gifts for the Wine-o in your life

‘Tis the season for gift idea summaries!  Oh Joy!  At least I waited until after Thanksgiving. So here is my list of the best gifts for the beloved wine-o in your life.  Since most wine drinkers have strong preferences about what wines they want to drink or try, and you may not be able to […]

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Skinner Vineyards Makes an Impressive Debut

Skinner Vineyards is one of three wineries that I had included in my book prior to my having tasted their wines.   The Skinner family has been making wines in the Gold Country since the middle 1800’s.  Their new winery location had not yet opened at the time Pour Me Another went to press. On my […]

Skinner Vineyards, Fairplay