Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

Drink What You Like?

I'm often struck by the utter banality of the exhortation, presented as wisdom by many wine professionals, to drink what you like.

In other words, same old same old is just fine. Suggestions that might broaden the palate and open up a world of ...

The Fine Print

To many an intrepid traveler, the appearance of a Vino Volo during the schlep from airport security to the departure gate is a welcome alternative to the garden-variety airport bar with a small selection of often-insipid wines by the glass.

The...

Ten Wines the Critics Loved

The Critics Challenge, launched in 2004, was the fulfillment of a dream. By then I had been running the Monterey Wine Competition, which I founded in cooperation with the Salinas Valley Fair, for a decade.

My goal with the Critics Challenge was...

Coppola Wows the Critics

The rise of the Francis Ford Coppola winery has been anything but meteoric. The famed Hollywood film director has been a familiar face in the California wine industry for more than four decades, and there have been some spectacular successes ...

15 Summer Sippers for $15, or less

One aspect of summertime wine sipping is cost. Much of the action occurs in convivial settings around picnic tables, where the wine and conversation flow in equal parts.

Throwing a party or inviting friends over for a casual barbecue needn't ...

The 100-Point Solution

A word or two about the 100-point scale so controversial these days among those who engage in the critical evaluation of wine.

Those opposed argue that it is impossible to assign a wine a numerical rating with such specificity. They mock the ...