The Oeno-File: Sharing my Cache of Wine Wisdom


Winter is here and my drinking preferences have turned to deep, luscious reds.  As a holiday gift, I was given a 2014 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon. Not only was I thrilled that this gift was not the ubiquitous Christmas fruitcake that has been bounced like a hot potato from household to household, but my gift-bearers…

Val Do Sosego: Albariño


  For many years when one thought of Spanish wines, the predominant region that came to mind was Spain’s Rioja region. This has changed over the course of the last twenty years. Other regions have been receiving well-deserved attention.  For instance, the Rias Baixas region is situated in northwestern Spain, west of Rioja and lingers…

The Prisoner


A couple of years ago I was introduced to The Prisoner by one of the members on my research team – let’s be real – it was one of my drinking associates. Since then, we have fraternized with The Prisoner on many occasions. Recently, a bottle was offered to me as a gift; far be…

Starborough’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc


Summer is coming to a close (as of this writing), and I have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the season with Starborough’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.  Each sip of this wine undulates the good vibrations of summer, evoking memories of heady tropical sunshine, fresh cut grass and juicy, ready-to-pick fruit dangling from branches. From the Marlborough region of…

Charonge Orange Chardonnay Wine


I was meandering through World Market’s wine selection one Sunday afternoon when I was summoned to an informal wine tasting amid wooden crates and various cardboard boxes. Not quite what I’m used to, in fact it felt borderline alleyway ghetto.  But then, I’ll never refuse an offering of an adult beverage and a chance to…