Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

The Value of 'Blind' Tasting

The annual Sommelier Challenge wine competition, staged recently in San Diego, is what wine professionals call a "blind" tasting. That simply means the identity of the wine, specifically the producer, is withheld from the judges until the ...

Sommeliers Take a Global View

As results rolled in over the weekend at the sixth annual Sommelier Challenge in San Diego, it became obvious that the list of winners would have an international flair.

The top-rated wine with 99 points was a dessert wine from Canada, the 2012...

Tailgate Tips

Tailgating, a wonderful American pastime, is now in full swing in stadium parking lots across the land.

These pregame parties grow more elaborate with each passing football season, and it's not at all unusual to see exceptional wines being ...

Eastern Excellence

There was a time, though few seem to remember, when drinking California wine was a novelty to all but those who resided in the Golden State. Times have changed, and California wine today dominates the U.S. wine scene.

The most common stat on ...

Drinking Pink

It was a warm summer day in the south of France. The entire village of Grasse, it seemed, had turned out for lunch this Monday afternoon on the terrace at La Bastide Saint Antoine, where the Michelin-starred chef Jacques Chibois oversees the ...

Refreshing Trend in Italian Bubbly?

At least once a week I wander into San Diego's Little Italy and visit Mona Lisa, the best Italian deli in the city. I typically leave with a bit of imported mortadella, San Danielle ham, spicy papadew peppers and maybe marinated artichoke hearts...

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