BILL THE WINE GUY

When it comes to wine, the more you know, the better. Get expert tips on tasting, pairings and special varieties from your favorite resident wine steward.

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Santa Barbara Goodness!

I am truly excited about these wines! I have waited patiently for them to be available in this market and now they are here! Joey Tensley has been crafting some fabulous Syrah based wines in Santa Barbara County for quite some time and they have been enthusiastically...

Happy Rosh Hashana!

Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Sunday, September 13th so happy Jewish New Year to one and all! For the holiday we have some tasty wines that are certified Kosher. Kosher wines are like any other wines except they are made by Sabbath Observant Jews and given the...

For the First Time Ever Verus Slovanian Wine

Hello everyone! My name is Bill and I am the wine buyer for our stores. Each week I select special wines to bring to your attention; sometimes from a given region, a specific producer or even wines that have a particular style or grape varietal in common. This week I...

Great Wines for the Grill!

Summer is winding down but the grill is going strong. This weekend I’ll be hosting a fantasy football draft so there will be smoke and plenty of wine. Hopefully enough wine to cause my opponents to make mistakes. Cheers!     Rutherford Ranch Napa Cabernet...

Varietal Exploration IV: White Pinots

Last week we found out that the French word for pine cone is “Pinot”. This refers to the pine cone-like shape of the grape clusters for this classic Burgundian vine. “Noir” is black in French so the translation is “black pine cone”. What about Pinot Gris, or Pinot...
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