Category Archives: Commentary

Invisible Hands – Mysterious Ways

I had the great pleasure of meeting with André Ostertag at our Guy du Vin offices a few days ago. I have been a follower of his wines for many years, but this was the first time that I had ever met him and had the opportunity to speak with him about his wine and…

Better Late Than Never

We just returned from an unforgettable trip to Crater Lake and  the Klamath Basin. It just doesn’t get much better than the last five days. Perfect weather and scenery that is so beautiful that words can’t do it justice. I don’t think there is a better place to stay in the area than Lonesome Duck…

Thirty-nine – Again

Another birthday passed. When I was a kid, I never understood Jack Benny’s joke about being thirty-nine. Why make up such an old age if you’re trying to sound young? Jack Benny has gotten a lot funnier as I get older. ________________________________________________ I was talking with a good friend who is also in the wine business….

Penetrating Wines

This first post is supposed to be important. Set the tone. Lay out all the parameters. Draw the line in the sand. Choose the wine. Pop the cork. A few years ago, I sat on a panel at the Monterey Wine Festival that was moderated by Doug Frost. He had asked each of the three…