Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

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...

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...