When thinking about the Napa Valley it is common to think BIG. Vineyards as far as the eye can see, large ornate tasting rooms, and wineries that produce tens of thousands of cases of wine. While this is c(...)
When discussing with friends and colleagues the merits of wine judging, the responses I receive vary from envy to hatred. Friends perceive this as a magical position wherein I drink copious amounts of wi(...)
Can Moscato challenge Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for dominance on the world stage?
“Classic” grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are much like the “classic” wine regions fro(...)
Kat was honored to be a judge at the inaugural Great Northwest Wine Competition took place March 16-17, 2013, at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. The competition drew nearly 800 entri(...)
How does soil influence wine quality?
Regardless of the region or the varietal, wine quality is the sum of a wine’s intensity, complexity and balance. Wine lovers and romanticists often describe that (...)
Critics, educated oenophiles, and wine trades people have begrudged the de-sophistication of wine consumption. Historically accepted as a drink for the elite across the world, the acceptance of wine by p(...)
Acid is a fundamental component of wine and impacts wine structure and microbial stability as well as sensory perception. If a wine has too much acid it can taste sour but if it has too little it can taste(...)