The Texas Hill Country is a diverse region, filled with an array of activities, making for an ideal weekend getaway or week-long vacation. After months of grueling research, I found three unique places to stay, all destinations in their own right, while traveling through Hill Country. I am stoked to share these places with you.
Please take a moment to explore these 3 places in my latest Forbes Life article. After reading, I am sure you will want to visit them too.
Fall 2018, 2 days before the start of harvest, Copper Cane Wine & Provisions abruptly cancels their 2,000 ton contract with Rogue Valley grape growers. This action would effectively bankrupt many small growers in many wine regions, but not in Oregon. You won’t believe what happened next. Learn this amazing story of solidarity and the special wines it produced in my ForbesLife latest article.
This is one of those awesome stories that I am honored to share. Please click, read, and be moved.
Any Pinot Noir fans out there? I adore it, and there are so many wonderful wine regions that produce it well. Of course, Burgundy is the benchmark, but there are a few additional European wine regions that produce lovely Pinot Noir at value prices. In my latest ForbesLife article, I share 3 such regions to keep an eye on.
You know the old adage “turning lemons into lemonade,” reminding us to stay positive and look for the bright side of life. What if the the “lemons” were a stuck fermentation and the “lemonade” launched a pink wine revolution? This is what happened when winemaker Bob Trinchero “mistakenly” produced Sutter Home Wines first White Zinfandel.
My latest Forbes Life article, takes a journey to southern Rhône to look beyond Châteauneuf-du-Pape for outstanding red wines with less lofty price tags. Come with me and explore the Crus Cairanne, Rasteau, Lirac, and Gigondas for high quality, affordable, southern Rhône red wines.
One of the many charms of Willamette Valley is the host of family-owned wineries. Some of the larger ones offer incredible tasting experiences, while the smaller ones afford wine lovers the opportunity to sit down and taste wine with the owner/wine maker. In my Forbes Life latest article, I introduce you to 5 boutique family-owned wineries that can’t be missed.
Did you know Riesling was once the second most planted grape in Napa Valley? Although times have changed, high quality dry Riesling can still be found in Napa Valley.
“I planted Riesling in 1972, because I thought then, as I still believe today, that Riesling is one of the four most important wine grapes in the world,” proclaims Stu Smith, Managing Partner and Enologist of Smith-Madrone Winery, “Fortunately, Napa Valley is down to just a few wineries that care about making quality Riesling.”
Learn more about the history of Riesling in Napa and four producers you should try right away in my latest for Forbes.
My latest Forbes article is one of the most fulfilling I have written. It looks at obstacles emerging wine regions must overcome through the experiences of nine wine makers in Texas, Arizona, and Idaho. I pitched this article idea to many major wine publications, digital and print. It was declined time and again because the editors did not feel it was interesting to wine consumers/readers, or they had already covered these regions in a different manner. Ironically, creating yet another obstacle for these regions to overcome.
Today, I am humbled to share the voices of these winemakers as part of my contribution to Forbes. Please take a moment to read it to learn their perspectives of wine making in emerging regions, then let me know if you find it interesting. Thank you!
Pantelleria, a remote island off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, is home to “heroic viticulture – strong wind, little rainfall, absence of natural ground water, steep terraces, and isolated position,” explains Antonio Rallo, Winemaker at Donnafugata. Yet, this unforgiving land produces one of Italy’s most sought after sweet wines – Ben Ryè. Learn more in my latest for Forbes.