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The Authoritative Voice of the California Wine Consumer, one of the oldest wine publications in California.

05/13/2016
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When Steve Heimoff mentioned in his blog that discussions of terroir were the equivalent of the "winewriter's full employment program", it got me to thinking. And it turns out that there are lots of topics that bloggists rehash time and time again. Have a look at the the Connoisseurs' Wine Blog ( www.cgcw.com ) to learn more. CHARLIE

04/28/2016

If you have not read the Connoisseurs' Wine Blog on our home page, www,cgcw.com, you might enjoy (or disagree with) our takes on the new sommelier breed and our love for experienced, thoughtful service that sta
nds in contrast to the new order.

06/18/2015

Today, the 100-Point rating system for wine is under attack--again. It is an old story these days, but one that will not go away. My comments are published today on our website, and basically, they examine why ratings systems and explain why there will always be comparative analysis in wine evaluation.

06/03/2011

Where in the wine world are you? Take the quiz at www.cgcw.com. Test your knowledge of wine locales--or my ability to describe those places.

05/31/2011

petite sirah. I used to love it. Then I didn't. But its back and it's got a whole new bag. Read ten reasons why at www.cgcw.com

05/20/2011

Cat fight about SF Chron re RRV Pinot now on SteveHeimoff.com. Chron critical of RRV on Sunday. Connoisseurs' Blog objected on Monday.

05/13/2011

Plain talk about "natural" wines. Read about it at www.cgcw.com. What isn't "natural" about grapes?

05/13/2011

What's a natural wine discussed at www.cgcw.com. When is a tomato natural and a grape not?

05/09/2011

The truth about overripeness in CA wines revealed. Read about it at www.cgcw.com. The finger-pointing has been going on for forty years.

05/09/2011

You know what you can do with your cult Cabernets. Try this on for size. www.cgcw.com
#Wine lovers, time to fight back.

05/02/2011

In response to criticism over elevated alcohol, the wine biz fires back hard. Read about it Monday morning at www.cgcw.com.

04/07/2011

Tasted 3 sets of older Zins, 2000/01/02. Ripe wines from Rosenblum surprised by being pretty good, especially Monte Rosso 2002 at 16.6% ABV.

03/28/2011

How to judge a wine by the label. See advice on the blog at www.cgcw.com.

03/25/2011

Recent look at Cab Franc has Lang & Reed coming close to Chinon with North Coast 2009 CF. I wish others would go that route as well.

03/25/2011

Re Vertical tastings. Poster on S. Heimoff says not to do it, Can't compare 82 vs 03. OK, but learning how wine matures is a good thing.

03/24/2011

Pinot Noir and alcohol. The debate goes on. Read my take on the inside story. My blog on the topic goes live on Thursday at www.cgcw.com.

03/22/2011

What is TNBT in wine? There will be THE NEXT BIG THING, but will it be Muscat, Torrontes, Nero D'Avola or something else. See www.cgcw.com.

03/10/2011

New Rule: Wines w/ residual sugar are not dry. You are not Mary Poppins. We can taste RS & we can test for it. And Medium Dry is an oxymoron

03/10/2011

New Rule for Wineries: Robert Parker is dead. Well, not dead, exactly but gone. You can now go back to making wine to satisfy wine drinkers.

03/09/2011

Hank Rubin began the Berkeley foodie movement. He edited Bon Appetit and wine for the SF Chron. Learn more about his life at www.cgcw.com

03/08/2011

New Rule For CA Wineries: Lose the critters. What do the Aussies know anyhow? Don't blame us for the bad jokes. The target is just too easy.

03/07/2011

New rules for winemakers: No more talk of terroir.
No terroir in California. Only Europe has terroir. They invented it and aren’t sharing.

03/07/2011

Rules for winemakers. If you want us to believe that alcohol labeling has meaning, it is time to tell the Gov’t that its rules are too lax.

03/07/2011

wine rules. Today we have new rules for winemakers from the wine writers. It is not just Gov't who has a say. See the rules at www.cgcw.com

03/01/2011

There is an not so subtle attack on tasting notes these days. I respond with a "Prescription" for getting it right at www.cgcw.com.

02/22/2011

The NY Times says people who tweet don't read wine blogs--at least if you are under 34. I have something to say about that at www.cgcw.com.

02/21/2011

Ten President's have served BV Pri Res. That's good enough for me. So is the 93 pt review in Connoisseurs Guide. I know what to drink today.

02/18/2011

# Wine blogging debate gets hot at www.cgcw.com. Will it survive? To quote Monty Python, "I'm not dead yet". (from Holy Grail and Spamalot).

02/16/2011

Looking for Chardonnay that goes with food? Look no further. We found two that were spectacular with dinner at Nizza La Bella. www.cgcw.com

02/11/2011

R. Parker stepped down and a collective sigh of relief was heard from CA wine biz. Then reality set in. Read about it at www.cgcw.com

02/11/2011

Connoisseurs' Guide Bargain of the Day PEACHY CANYON Incredible Red, $12. Zin-based, hearty red wine for pastas/stews. Try it. www.cgcw.com

Union de Grand Cru 2011
02/11/2011

Union de Grand Cru 2011

01/22/2011

See the blog entry, My Running Argument With Dan Berger, at www.cgcw.com. Dan says "the blanding of American wine is complete". I disagree.

01/05/2011

Time for Top Tens: from our December issue. Charles' picks Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill 2007, DuMol Chardonnay Isobel 2007, Freestone Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2007.

11/30/2010

Lewis 1994 Merlot Reserve Napa Valley topped our Retrospective review of 1994-1997 with a 96 and three stars.

11/22/2010

We'll pleased to announce our new email notification of our latest recommendations plus blog highlights. Now - new content daily!

11/19/2010

A well-made Merlot, whether fancy or plain, has a uniquely inviting openness to its red fruit flavors and...it comes with a supple texture that makes Merlot easy to drink and easy to like. Authenticity. Merlot, recommendable Merlot, has it.

11/16/2010

Here's a good value that's a great choice for those upcoming gatherings: CASTLE ROCK Zinfandel Mendocino County. Might not be a star rating, but is a bonafide bargain in ready-to-drink-right-now Zin.

11/09/2010

Morgan bucks the formulas with Two Star-rated Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2008 Santa Lucia Highlands.

11/01/2010

A three star effort: LYNMAR Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Russian River Valley, a "gorgeous young wine balances richness and refinement."

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