Understand tasting notes: Tasting notes decoded

Don’t get caught out at tastings – use our handy glossary to understand tasting notes and talk about wine like an expert. Fruity Apricot Apricot is in the same spectrum as other stone fruits, such as peach, indicating a certain ripeness in the grapes, and used to describe white wines – although not as ripe as in hot climate wines, where the fruit descriptors become tropical, like pineapple and mango. Apricot is often associated with the grape Viognier, along with peach and blossom, found in the Rhône and increasingly in the New World. Richer Albariño, from North… Read More

John Malkovich’s Double Life in Wine

The actor-vintner, a late-blooming enophile, shares favorite wines, memorable moments and his fascination with fakes in part 2 of his interview with Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto. Growing up in the mining town of Benton, Ill., John Malkovich says, he “never even heard” of wine. “My parents would have a kind of spiked eggnog once every 20 years and that was about it,” he quips dryly. “In college, my friends were drunk 24/7 or they were on acid or something else. I was just never a drug taker or drinker.” In… Read More

Avra Beverly Hills – Mediterranean Afternoon and Greek Wine Tasting Saturday August 31st

  Avra Estiatorio is the gorgeous new Mediterranean Restaurant on Beverly Dr in Beverly Hills. Food, wine, service and ambiance is fantastic! They have a terrific Prix-Fixe menu for lunch with delicious wines to pair including Greek wines. We are offering an optional Greek wine tasting at 12:15pm for those interested! **This event is open to the first twelve wine members and their guests who RSVP and pre-pay to reserve their seats. Greek wine tasting is optional and additional. **Saturday 3-Course Prix-Fixe Lunch in Beverly Hills Prix Fixe Menu with 1 glass… Read More

Augustine Wine Bar – A social mixer “field-trip” for dedicated 902wine0’s

  Wine Lovers…YOU are in for a rare and exclusive treat! Arrangements have been made to reserve an exclusive intimate space for the first twelve wine lovers who RSVP for this casual social mixer in the valley…our first gathering outside Beverly Hills. Augustine Wine Bar has been voted one of the top wine bars in Southern California. Haven’t heard of Augustine Wine Bar? Read on… If a fascination with fine wine rules your life, then Augustine Wine Bar is your must-visit spot in Southern California. This San Fernando Valley hotspot is always… Read More

Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon at par with Napa Valley? | Wine | napavalleyregister.com

Has the unthinkable happened? Are Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon wines now on par with Napa Valley’s? Source: Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon at par with Napa Valley? | Wine | napavalleyregister.com