Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

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...

Labor of Love

Choosing a gift of wine for Valentine's Day should be a labor of love, particularly if it is meant to be shared in the moment.

The possibilities are endless, but I confess I have my favorites. Champagne and top-notch domestic sparkling wines ...

Excellent at Any Price

As I peruse the results of any major wine competition, I gravitate naturally to wines that seem to outperform their price point, or punch above their weight, as some would say.

The recent San Diego International wine competition certainly had ...

The Wine Competition Niche

The wine competition occupies a historical niche in the wine industry.

At its most basic, a wine competition provides a third-party endorsement of sorts for wines that have been submitted for evaluation by neutral wine professionals. The best ...