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Drink Napa Wine for International Cabernet Sauvignon Day 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the world’s most important red wine grape. Of course it grows all over the world. But for August 30, International Cabernet Sauvignon Day 2014, I am asking everyone to please drink Napa and show your support for the wine region which was struck by a devastating earthquake just a few days a [...]

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines

I have a confession to make. I’m an unabashed lover of Chateauneuf du Pape. There, I said it. And I am proud of it! If you’re also a fan of wines from the Southern Rhone Valley, you’re in luck. With the exception of 2002, it’s been really difficult to find a vintage from the last several years that has not produc [...]

Napa Valley Slammed by a Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake

The Napa Valley in California was slammed by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake at 3:20am Saturday morning. For residents of California, we are sort of used to earthquakes. But a magnitude of 6.0 is scary. The last time the Napa Valley was slammed by an earthquake close to that size was in 1989 when an even stronger earthquake d [...]

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild Passes Away at 80 Years of Age

It is with great sadness that we are reporting on the passing of one of the world’s great ladies of wine. The Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild reportedly passed away late Friday night, August 22 or early Saturday morning, August 23. Services were held for the Baroness Philippine [...]

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape a Drinkers Vintage

Variety is the spice of life. At least that’s how I see it. The variances in vintage signatures is proof of that. Each vintage carries its own unique character, personality and allure. Of course there are vintages that require time in the cellar for the tannins to meld and allow the wines to develop secondary charact [...]

Annual First Growth Bordeaux Wine Tasting and Barbecue Dinner

Clearly I do not post enough about wine. I should write about it more often. I certainly drink enough. Or at least try to. On the other hand, can one really drink enough great wine? I am not sure about the limits some of my friends have, but we tried to find out last week at Chez Leve. The group, a blend of friends and [...]

Rudy Kurniawan Sentence 10 Years in Prison From Wine Bars to Jail Bars

Loud cheers were heard all over the world-wide wine community the moment Rudy Kurniawan was handed a ten year prison sentence. And why not? Rudy Kurniawan is responsible for changing the face of collecting wine for decades. How much time will Rudy Kurniawan actually serve? With time served of 29 months, with good behavi [...]