I have been a wine enthusiast for three decades, engaging in regular blind tastings with my Friday night wine group, visiting wineries in nearby Napa, Sonoma and numerous other wine destinations around the world. I partake in the rich culinary scene of the San Francisco Bay Area. My extensive red wine collection, housed in an indoor cave, includes much Bordeaux and Rhone, Burgundies and domestic Pinot Noir, and some high end Italian labels. My taste in whites is wide and experimentative. Cases of whites turn over at a fast pace in my garage refrigerator. I conservatively estimate that I taste eight hundred to a thousand labels a year.

For well over a decade I have been sharing my discoveries and opinions in these blogs. From time to time I am also inclined to act as a food critic when a remarkable experience, good or bad, calls for it. Feel free to browse through the diverse subjects in these blogs and chime in with your own thoughts.

CORAVIN QUANDRY

A new way to preserve wine. Is it indispensable?

AN UNUSUAL DEDICATION

My new novel Cezar’s Last Mark is not dedicated to any supportive family member or muse. The dedication reads, To my freshman English professor at the University of Chicago, who, after commenting on my dismal prose, advised me to quit thinking in Turkish. ...

THIRTY IS THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR BORDEAUX

Bordeaux produces some of the most age worthy wines the world.  Nevertheless, the question of how long these wines should be kept remains a dilemma. As a general rule, vintages that are declared inferior by pundits should be consumed within ten to fifteen years....

A LIVE, COVID CONSCIOUS WINE TASTING

Account of our first live group tasting in the Covid Era. The precautions, the experience, the lessons.

“PURPLE DEATH” LIVES

Could the worst wine we ever tasted, Purple Death (that’s the real name) be any different after living on a shelf for 23 years?

CAKEBREAD RUBAIYAT; PINOT & PERSIAN POETRY

An “honest” Pinot Noir/Syrah mix named after ancient Persian poetry

TASTING BORDEAUX 20-55 YEAR OLD; LESSONS LEARNED

Well regarded Bordeaux from an exceptional vintage can have long term staying power, in the order of many decades.

ST. JAMES & FRENCH SCALLOPS; STORIES FROM A PILGRIMAGE IN SPAIN

Discover, as I did, legends of the Camino, the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, grave site of Saint James, and how the scallop shell became a symbol of the saint. The French named their scallop dish, coquilles St. Jacques, after Saint James.

ARZAC, A MICHELIN 3-STAR DINNER IN SPAIN

Creative, Impeccable food at a world famous Spanish restaurant, with a personal touch from the executive chef.

NIXON & FIRST GROWTH BORDEAUX

Richard Nixon is the only U.S. president with an avid interest in French wine since Thomas Jefferson. He was partial to
Chateau Margaux. Read a rarely told anecdote about his encounter with 1961 Chateau Lafite.