Category Archives: Cabernet Franc

ACORN Winery from Sonoma: Where Consistency and Quality Reign

Sometimes you can taste a signature of the winemaker in a great wine. When that happens it’s fabulous. It’s a different experience. I liken it to the difference between a typewritten note and a handwritten one. They are both nice to receive but the handwritten one is like a virtual physical touch....

Northstar Winery: A Shining Example of Walla Walla Wine

Since I did an interview with winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld of Northstar Winery, I’ll let that do the talking for the winery. Here — just a few quick points and then to the wine reviews from this great winery, whose wines are actually available outside of Washington!Northstar was started by...

Tiptoeing into the Wines of Northern Virginia

When I visited Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, I was blown away by how good the wines were. Crisp yet fruity, elegant, and mostly delicious. So given the pleasant surprise there, I ventured out to Loudon County, about 45 minutes away from DC. I expected the styles to be similar,...

Bordeaux 102: Tasting the Difference in Terroir…

Last week I went to a tasting of eight red wines from different communes of Bordeaux put on by the Guild of Sommeliers, the professional organization that’s affiliated with the Court of Master Sommeliers (through which I’m certified. But I’d like to make the distinction that I’m certified, not certifiable...