New Santa Barbara Luxury Hotels, Saying Goodbye to the Queen of Soul and Senator John McCain, A Life Without Wine, and Other Notes on a Wine Card.

This week we are saying goodbye to two people of the utmost character, dignity, and indomitable spirit – Aretha Franklin…

Summer wines, TV theme songs, Helsinki Summit Wine, and Other Notes on a Wine Card.

I’ve got some great summer wines for this Friday’s Wine Tasting.  To paraphrase someone – I don’t see why this wouldn’t be a great wine tasting.  Check out the wines later on in this blog.

Speaking of double negatives… I think the perfect wine for the Helsinki Summit would have been a wine that exhibits impeccably peachy, and minty notes. In short, a wine that is impeachminty.  Use whatever words you need to describe a wine, that is my rule.

See what you lost when you left this world, this sweet old world. Goodbye Anthony Buordain and Other Notes on a Wine Card.

Last week Anthony Bourdain took his own life.  I won’t try to analyze why this happened, instead I want to…