I am a wine enthusiast with a thousand-plus bottle collection, and belong to two wine tasting groups that meet regularly. I frequently visit wine regions in California and Europe, and partake in the rich San Francisco Bay Area dining scene with its unique wines. Napa was my first taste of the world of fine wines, when I was a neurosurgery resident at UCSF in the late 1980s. I now sample eight hundred to a thousand labels a year, and have been blogging about wine since 2006.

As I explore the ever-expanding wine universe, I make it a point to share my discoveries and express my opinions, primarily through my wine blog, although occasionally some of the characters in my books also chime in. You’ll find all of my wine blogs through this portal. Please don’t hesitate to chime in as well.

AFTER-BLENDING; BEAST TO BEAUTY

Softening a heavy red with a splash of white wine – just the right kind. An experiement that occasionally works.

A SILVER OAK SAGA

The story of a three liter Cabernet, from purchase to uncorking and beyond.

VERDICCHIO & MORE; THE WINES OR MARCHE

Come and explore the easy drinking wines of a well hidden, beautiful region of Italy

A REFUSAL

A trendy San Francisco restaurant accepts a bottle of wine I refused, ungraciously.

DISCOVERY IN ITALY; A PRIVATE DINNER BY A PAIR OF AMAZING CHEFS

Pure farm-to-table at its best by a pair of talented chefs in an obscure corner of Italy. A lucky discovery, an awesome private dinner.

NO FIANO, ISCHIA! NO PEPSI, COKE!

A classic SNL experience in Naples turns into a wine lesson.

A PAIR OF AMAZING CHEFS IN A HIDDEN GEM

Could it be possible that two world class chefs practice in a tiny village in the most obscure part of Italy? Read the first of several accounts about the hidden gem we discovered in the Marche region.

VINO COTTO, COOKED WINE; RISKY, TRADITIONAL, UNIQUE

How can you boil your harvest and get away with it? In an obscure corner of Italy they do just that! The result is vino cotto, a semi sweet dessert wine that no one has heard of but is worth getting to know.

PUMP YOUR OWN WINE; OLD WORLD VS NEW

“I get my wine from a local winery,” said Vincenzo, our tour guide in the Amalfi Coast. He is a well educated guy, an expert in linguistics, reasonably affluent by local standards. “I fill up three liter jugs. Costs me 3 Euros per liter.” We tried to imagine that. All...

THE BEST OF NAPA I NEVER DRANK

  Back in the day, when Merlot was super-popular, Duckhorn, a Napa Valley winery was renown for making the best wine from this varietal. In the current post-Sideways, no-fucking-Merlot era, Duckhorn still retains this fame. I never tasted this wine. Too expensive, I...