The Best Winemaker in California? Boorish Wine Snobs, Wine Shortages and other Notes on a Wine Card

Who’s the best winemaker in California? That’s a tough question to answer, I do have a list of my favorite winemakers, but it is tough for me to pick my favorite of the bunch. I will say that after sitting down to lunch with Bibiana González Rave Pisoni and tasting through her incredible lineup of wines, she is in the running for the top spot in my book!

Farewell Carl Kasell. All Wines Considered. Notes on a Wine Card

“From National Public Radio News in Washington, I’m Carl Kasell.” Those words were part of my mornings for so many years.  The other day, Carl Kasell passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  The former host of Morning Edition, Bob Edwards, would introduce Carl with a simple “The news is next.” Carl would then come on and give us the best 9 minutes of news on the radio. 

The Germans were here and now the Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Notes on a Wine Card

Come get your Russian on and raise a glass while you toast “Na Zdrovie!” or “Nastrovia!” I promise I won’t try to “fix” the tasting.

Everyday Wines, Everyday People – Notes on a Wine Card

Does Spanky and Our Gang refer to a) comedy short films from the 1920’s to 1940’s featuring Spanky, Alfalfa, and Buckwheat or b) 1960’s pop group with several hits including Lazy Day and Sunday Will Never Be The Same, or c) what Trump’s Cabinet members are calling themselves nowadays.