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.

CHRISTMAS IN JORDAN

A chic, sumptuous Christmas affair at Jordan Winery in Sonoma, the most elegant we’ve ever experienced.

STORE LABEL WINE; IS THERE A PROBLEM?

Store brands may work out for peanuts or soap, but do they work out for wine?

RESTAURANT SCREW UPS, HANDLED DIFFERENTLY

A celebrated high-end restaurant displays arrogance with its screw up while a local unknown deals with it properly. A little humility goes a long way in building good will.

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T; A WINERY THAT DISAPPEARED FROM THE MAP

A winery disappears from a freebie Sonoma map. Why? And is that really free?

BY THE GLASS? NO, THANKS!

Think about your wine habits next time you hit a restaurant or wine bar. If you think you can handle it, a full bottle is always a better choice.

WINE AS ORNAMENT ???

As my wine experience has matured, I have come to the realization that in addition to its many attributes, wine serves a precious ornamental function. It’s not there to just drink, but to look at and admire.

TWO WHITES; FIFTY PLUS YEARS & STILL ALIVE

Can a white wine be drinkable after more than half a century? The general answer is no. Sauternes is an exception, as two bottles from 1962 and 1953 prove.

MARATHON TASTINGS; DO’S & DON’TS

It is difficult to add up how much one is imbibing when receiving multiple small pours. This makes wine tasting dangerously deceptive. 83 tastings in two hours equals five bottles of wine. How do I do it?

FROM WEDDING TO RETIREMENT; A SAGA OF SIX LITERS

A most unusual wedding gift, 6 liters of Bogle wine, patiently awaits an occasion to be unveiled.

EXQUISITE MEAL AT ONE OF MY FAVORITES IN SAN FRANCISCO, ACQUERELLO

Join me in an exceptional Michelin 2-star dinner at one of San Franciso’s best high end Italian restaurants.