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Ballard Canyon: Santa Barbara's Newest, Rhone-Variety Focused AVA

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.20.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Next up on our tour of Santa Barbara County appellations is its newest AVA -- Ballard Canyon.

Two Talented Expat Winemakers in California: Ernst Storm and Guillaume Fabre

Richard Jennings | Posted 11.20.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Winemaking in California has very much been shaped and influenced by a long line of experienced growers and winemakers who moved here from other winemaking countries. And the tradition of young winemakers coming from elsewhere to make wine in California continues.

Good Value 'House Wine'? Try a Côtes du Rhône

Richard Jennings | Posted 05.21.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Are you looking for a versatile wine you can enjoy with all kinds of casual food? France's gigantic eastern appellation -- the Rhône -- may be a better value than you might think.

Smells Like Rhone Spirit: Tablas Creek's Esprit

Richard Jennings | Posted 12.31.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

For those of us who can get to the Paso Robles area, Tablas Creek's vineyard tour and tasting is one of California's most informative and enjoyable, and I highly recommend it.

PHOTOS: Exploring The World's Eeriest Shipwrecks

Posted 09.18.2012 | Travel

After Hurricane Isaac uncovered a shipwreck apparently hidden beneath the sands of an Alabama beach, curious locals learned an unexpected lesson in ma...

New Direct-to-Consumer Channel for Top European Wines: VinConnect

Richard Jennings | Posted 08.14.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

VinConnect is a mailing list to purchase wine, and get news about events, tours or tastings, directly from Borgogno, Clos de Tart and/or Pégaü. And this is just the beginning.

California Rhones: 2012 Rhone Rangers Tasting

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.04.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Here in California, a few pioneers started planting Rhône varieties in the late 1980s. So which of these Rhône grapes, or blends, do well in California?

Syrah: The Rodney Dangerfield of Wine

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.26.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

The standard joke in the wine business the past couple years has been, "What's the difference between syphilis and Syrah? You can get rid of a case of syphilis." I, for one, think it's high time that Syrah got some love.

"Winespeak" and Other Obscenities

Marlene Rossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Marlene Rossman

Why do we need experts (and I am one of those) to teach, tell and advise us on what wine tastes like? So we won't dribble it down our lips and bibs and never have a clue as to what we are tasting?