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Author archive for Barbara Keck

  • Garagiste wines

    By Barbara Keck on June 25, 2014
    By Barbara Keck ·  Owner Kate Dubost What is a garagiste winery? The term often refers to folks who make wines in a garage, as they begin winemaking. There is a growing movement in California, primarily based in the Paso Robles area, of garagiste wineries. The term originated in the Bordeaux region of France to “denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, […]
  • Wine Country wedding

    By Barbara Keck on June 18, 2014
    By Barbara Keck ·  June is a wedding time of year, and the younger generation of 20- and 30-somethings plans many of their weddings at wineries. Apart from the main event, winery weddings provide an aspect that everyone enjoys: wine tastings and drinking. My first experience of a wine country wedding was a few weeks ago when the Canadian side […]
  • Sauvignon Blanc from around the world

    By Barbara Keck on June 11, 2014
    By Barbara Keck ·   It’s not like we really need a special day to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, but the wine industry designated one recently. And, so we gathered an interesting selection of Sauvignon Blanc from various wine regions of the world, and proceeded to taste them. I started with a Sancerre, which has long been my favorite white wine […]
  • First Class wines

    By Barbara Keck on June 4, 2014
    By Barbara Keck   I had to beg and borrow air miles in order to upgrade my ticket to First Class for a recent trip I took to Ethiopia. That journey is about 18 hours of flying time, not including changing planes in Heathrow, London, and hanging around San Francisco International for the obligatory three-hour check-in time. That’s my old-lady […]
  • Taste of Africa in your glass

    By Barbara Keck on May 21, 2014
    Five years ago, I went to South Africa to learn about South African wines. From my efficiency apartment in downtown Stellenbosch, I was in a great position to visit the wine region of the Cape area. So many good wines. And sadly, at that time, so many of these good wines did not make it to the West Coast of […]
  • Spring wine tasting in Nevada County

    By Barbara Keck on May 7, 2014
    Brenda Taylor of Sierra Knolls Winery Spring has sprung, and tasting rooms are opening their doors a bit longer now. There are many opportunities to taste the fine wines of the Sierra foothills, and some of the most interesting opportunities are less than an hour away. The wineries of Nevada County beckon, and we were primed for more tastes by […]
  • UNR eyes commercial vineyard

    By Barbara Keck on April 24, 2014
    Several years ago, I started following the progress of Dr. Grant Cramer of University of Nevada, Reno as he encouraged the wine industry in Nevada through his classes and wine tastings. There is now even more reason to get involved: the new venture to build a commercial-scale vineyard at the Main Station Field Laboratory. UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and […]
  • Starting a Wine Tasting Group

    By Barbara Keck on April 9, 2014
    Summer is just around the corner, and with it many new wines from the 2013 vintage and earlier will be released. It’ll break most people’s budget to buy all the wines you might like to taste, so the obvious answer is: Start a wine tasting group. Ryan Messer, contributor to Washington Wine Report, wrote a blog post with lots of […]
  • Exceptional rosés

    By Barbara Keck on March 26, 2014
    Emilie Penaranda of Chateau de Saint-Martin · To misquote Gertrude Stein, “A Rosé is a Rosé is a Rosé,” except, of course, when it is a Rosé from Provence in which event it is an exceptionally drinkable and well-priced Rosé. That was my recent experience tasting Rosés from Provence at a tasting in San Francisco where 21 producers showcased their […]
  • Santa Lucia Highlands Wines

    By Barbara Keck on March 12, 2014
    Rebecca Green Birdsall, proprietor, of Black Kite · The Santa Lucia mountain range overlooks the Salinas River Valley. Near enough to Monterey Bay to get its fog and ocean breezes, the vines enjoy morning sunshine and grapes have a long, gentle ripening. The result is wines with intense flavors. This AVA has a reputation for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot […]