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Pinot Noir

Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot: Challenging Conditions, Occasional Brilliance

Richard Jennings | Posted 07.03.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Planting vines in the cool, high altitude Santa Cruz Mountains is a quixotic endeavor. Nonetheless, a few driven producers over the years have made some brilliant, complex, cool climate Pinot in these parts.

Pinot Noir, The King of Spring

Menuism | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home

With a pale color in the glass and a zesty acidity on the palette, the pinot noir grape is much more delicate than cabernet sauvignon.

Sta. Rita Hills: Young Appellation Fulfills Its Promise

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.13.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Sta. Rita Hills is definitely starting to fulfill its promise as a source of characterful, balanced and terroir-driven wines, from flavorful Chardonnay and Viognier to minerally and complex Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Chinese Food, German Wines, and a Hong Kong Master of Wine... Oh My!

David Rosengarten | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
David Rosengarten

To top it all off, though there are only 250 Masters of Wine in the entire world -- a title earned after a grueling England-based qualification period that can take as long as a decade -- Jeannie is one of them, and the only female Master of Wine from Asia.

California Wine Gets More Diverse: The Balance Movement

Richard Jennings | Posted 05.29.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

I'm very wary of dogmatism in wine, as I am in life in general. What is wonderful is that the world of wine in California gets more diverse, with more and better choices for every palate.

Mount Eden: One of California's Oldest and Greatest Producers

Richard Jennings | Posted 05.22.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Mount Eden produces some of the most admirable, consistent and ageworthy expressions of terroir to be found anywhere in California.

Understanding Burgundy: Birthplace of "Terroir"

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.30.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

What is it about Burgundy that makes its wines among the world's most cherished, imitated and expensive?

Deep Chill Has Unexpected Consequences For Wine

AP | By KAREL JANICEK | Posted 02.06.2012 | World

STOSIKOVICE NA LOUCE, Czech Republic -- In a vineyard in Moravia, the Arctic chill striking Europe at least has some people jumping with joy. Winemak...

The Many Moods of Pinot Noir

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.12.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Pinot Noir from its region of origin, France's Burgundy appellation, has an almost fanatic following among wine geeks. It certainly helps that Pinot is one of the most versatile varieties when it comes to food pairings.

Think You Know Everything About Rosé Wine?

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erdos | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

In our series "What the Heck Is ..." we share with you foods and/or ingredients that people should know more about. This week we're bringing your atte...

May We Suggest a Pinot With That Redwood Forest?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 11.04.2011 | Green
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Wine drinkers the world over simply can't get enough of the California Pinot grape and so Napa vineyards came up with the proposal to deforest pristine acres of majestic Redwoods and Douglas Firs in the small town of Annapolis, CA.

Paul Ryan Drank $350 Bottle Of Wine While Calling For Medicare Cuts

Talking Points Memo | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent Tuesday evening...

The Many Dimensions of Oregon Pinot Noirs

Snooth | Posted 06.14.2011 | Home

A recent Oregon pinot event featured three blind tastings that highlighted the various elements that come into play while forming the character of each wine: site, vintage and winemaking techniques.

Living the Dream: Kutch Wines

Marie Elena Martinez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marie Elena Martinez

Stock market got you down? Looking for a career alternative? That was native New Yorker Jamie Kutch's reality in 2005 when he packed it all in for a...

A Thanksgiving Colorado Wine Pairing Guide

Jacob Harkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jacob Harkins

The medley of flavors at the dinner table -- not to mention the myriad palates that will be sitting at it -- can make pairing wines on Thanksgiving Day a brutal task.

Greg La Follette and La Follette Wines: Artistic Expression in a Liquid Form

Brad Haskel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brad Haskel

Greg La Follette's wines talk to you. They implore you take another sip, find another nuance, look for another slight complexity of flavor.

Burgundy: Of Pinot Noir and Terroir

David Downie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
David Downie

When is a Pinot Noir not a Pinot Noir? When it is grown in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France and marketed under tantalizing labels to unsuspecting consumers in the United States.

Stay Warm This Winter With Big California Reds

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Each year as the temps drops to unbearable lows, I take solace knowing that I can open bottle after bottle of big, warm, jammy California red wine to snuggle up with and keep me warm.

Ecco Domani's Trio Of Wines And The Luxe Lab Bash

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tony Sachs

In the midst of my gawking, I realized the wine was probably the reason I was there, so I took a sip and paid attention. And it was good. Really good.

Understanding German Riesling: It's Not All Sweet

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Riesling is possibly the most misunderstood grape varietal in the wine world. It runs the gamut from super-sweet dessert wines to bone-dry bottles that you could even pair with a steak.

Summertime Is Rose Wine Season

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

If you think pink wine is for frail old ladies who don't know anything but (gag) White Zin, it's time to think again. Rose has stealthily made a comeback over the last few years.

It's Wine With Seafood at Glenn's Diner

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Since the menu is fairly eclectic between the diner fare and the dozen or so fresh fish and seafood items flown in daily, pairing was going to be a little tricky.

Who Wants Wine?

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

This wine is super versatile and pairs well with a lot of food. We went out on a limb and had it with Cantonese from and it surprisingly worked with the moo shu chicken and fat egg rolls.

Who Wants Wine?

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

A new wine column from a guy who likes wine and doesn't think you have to spend a fortune to get something delicious.

Why I Love Red Burgundy and You Don't

Marlene Rossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Marlene Rossman

We in the U.S. don't love stinky. We grew up on too-sweet soda, Hawaiian punch and Yoo -Hoo, and we want our Pinot Noirs to taste like cherry cola (not that there's anything wrong with that).