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March 1, 2015

One of the greatest aspects of being a passionate wine lover is that the learning and pleasurable experiences are never ending and last a lifetime. When you are a grizzled veteran in the wine business for almost 40 year like I am you sometimes forget just how much fun wine can be. I was reminded of this on a recent vacation to the Napa Valley with my wife and friends.


It was pouring rain when we pulled into Conn Creek winery on the Silverado Trail; as soon as I walked in I saw a row of Cabernet Sauvignons with the old Conn Creek labels from the 1970’s, all wines that I had enjoyed in my youth, it was an instant flashback and I realized I had not been here in 30 years!


We were there for a two hour Cabernet Sauvignon blending session and it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in Napa and I urge all of our PrimeCellar members to book this adventure o...

February 5, 2015

Break out the Ch. Mouton Rothschild!


Well I have to admit that when I started writing this I had no idea that I myself am a Green Wood Goat being born in 1955! Apparently I am gentle, calm, creative, thoughtful, persevering honest and frank which suits me just fine. Good jobs for me would be an actor or a teacher, and believe me I use many elements of those occupations for my real life job as a wine specialist.  I am hoping for a year of great harmony and fortune; but to insure that it looks like I will have to go shopping because I do not own any red underwear, and it seems that it is imperative for Goats to wear red underwear in 2015!


As this column relates to wine; one of the most famous and influential men in the history of wine was known as “quite a Ram of a man” and his family coat of arms depicts two Rams facing each other on each side of the shield and Mouton in frenc...

January 5, 2015





Hoping for Peace; and a Great year for Wine in 2015!


Happy New year to you; all our Prime Cellar members and my esteemed colleagues from the west coast of California.


Unfortunately for most of us the year of 2014 will be remembered with a heavy heart and as the year of protests in Hong Kong and in America.


For the first time in five years I did not travel to Hong Kong due to the dramatic protests for democracy. Being an American who has a love for Hong Kong and its people this is very difficult to watch from afar, as well to understand and reveals the harsh reality that we take our freedom here in America for granted every day.


In America’s major cities, protesters are clashing with police over racial profiling and the shooting death of a young black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri by white police officers and most recently the chocking death of another black...

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