Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

Scam or Scourge?

By now you have no doubt heard about the class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Thursday alleging unsafe levels of arsenic in some California wines. The lawsuit calls for a recall of the wines in question and testing to ensure purity. On the ...

Living the Dream

Some winemakers live the dream. Then there is Chris Phelps, whose path to an exalted position in the Napa Valley has the ring of a fairy-tale.

Winemaker at Swanson Vineyards in the Napa Valley the past dozen years, Phelps is now a quarter-...

The Giesen Brothers

While tasting a stunning bevy of sauvignon blancs with Alex Giesen, one of the three Giesen brothers, more than a year ago, it occurred to me that while a bit of a discovery, the Giesen wines were certainly no surprise.

The brothers had planted...

Gaja, the Next Generation

Coming out of World War II, the vineyards of Italy and the families that tended the vines were devastated. Virtually everyone was poor at the time, so grape growers and winemakers tended to emphasize quantity over quality because wine was their ...

The Jackson Legacy

It has been nearly four years since Jess Stonestreet Jackson, the visionary vintner, passed away. Jackson was, like Robert Mondavi and Ernest & Julio Gallo before him, a towering figure in the California wine industry.

His namesake winery, ...

Unconventional Pairings

There are some who believe advice that suggests specific wines match up better with specific foods is a silly waste of analysis. That's the drink-whatever-you-like-crowd, and there is some merit to their argument.

To that point, I have a friend...