Impressive Performances, By Robert Whitley

The full results of the annual international San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge in the final week of March are now in the books, and I've had a chance to review and digest. Besides the most obvio


Zd Cab Shines In San Diego, By Robert Whitley

For the better part of four decades, ZD Wines, situated along the Silverado Trail in the heart of the Napa Valley, has been a beacon for California chardonnay. The rich, creamy ZD style captures, for


5 Great Pairings For Valentine’s Day Bubbly, By Robert Whitley

We can all agree that Champagne adds a bit of sparkle to Valentine's Day. A box of chocolates will get high marks, too.


Napa Dominates Winemaker Challenge, By Robert Whitley

Three powerhouse Napa Valley wineries dominated the top awards over the weekend at the ninth annual Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego. The Winemaker Challenge is one of


The Cradle Of Cabernet, By Robert Whitley

The Napa Valley was a different place when Donn and Molly Chappellet launched their winery on Pritchard Hill a half-century ago. The Judgment of Paris, a blind tasting in Paris where a handful of Nap


Somms Know Value Wines, Too, By Robert Whitley

It's not exactly news that professional sommeliers are generally well-informed on the latest and greatest from the world of wine. What isn't so well-known is that most top-notch somms appreciate wine


For The Love Of Merlot, By Robert Whitley

October is merlot month. Once upon a time, the mere thought of a month dedicated to merlot would have inspired smirks all around.


Postcard From France: Cote D’azur, By Robert Whitley

NICE, France ? The French Riviera is a mixed bag for the wine enthusiast willing to travel thousands of miles to a foreign land in search of exotic wine and food experiences. Here, in the heart of th


Coppola Dazzles At Critics Challenge, By Robert Whitley

Noted film director Francis Ford Coppola has been a celebrity presence in the California wine industry going on four decades. Despite the celebrity, there was never any question about Coppola's passi


Cognac On The Rocks?, By Robert Whitley

If you've ever ordered a cognac at a trendy restaurant, you've no doubt witnessed the bartender making a show of heating a snifter with hot water before filling it. It's a dirty little secret (at lea

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