Some Somm Bling

It’s almost impossible to buy me a wine-related gift. Or so I’ve been told. I’m pretty sure I own every wine cork/bottle/barrel tchotchke there is. That said, my husband managed to surprise me with a truly unusual gift (that I didn’t already have) after I passed my WSET Diploma Exams . . . an antique […]

Don’t Sweat the Vintage, Celebrate It (a Smith-Madrone Tangent)

wine tasting

One of the perks of being a professional wine student (that’s what I’m calling myself these days) is that I occasionally get some wine samples to review.  I’m particularly grateful to Smith-Madrone for sending me their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon each year, because they always give me a little nudge to think about something besides […]

Wine, Words & Wednesday, No. 114

Today’s words come to us from 18th century British physician, Dr. Thomas Fuller.  Never heard of him?  Yeah, me neither.  But he had some pretty good stuff to say about Bacchus and wine. In 1732, Dr. Fuller published a book of proverbs called Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings.  The word, Gnomologia, comes from Gnomo, an obsolete Greek word, meaning a […]