Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

Why Vintages Matter

The first photos of the 2014 wine-grape harvest began to show up on the Internet over the weekend. They could have been from California, or possibly upstate New York. Most likely the grapes going into the press were picked for sparkling wine.

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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 ...