My Friend–Nunzio Alioto M.S.

I met & actually worked for Nunzio Alioto back in 1977.  He & his family had opened a restaurant in Honolulu on Makaloa Street across the street from the then named store–Holiday Mart.  The restaurant was named Alioto’s & they featured foods from their family recipes which they served for 3 generations at their worldContinue reading “My Friend–Nunzio Alioto M.S.”

Slightly Aged Standout French White Wines

Because of the considerable improvements in plant selection, & innovation in grape growing & winemaking, there is today, more good wine available to the wine consumer than ever.  I should actually replace the word good in the previous sentence with the word correct.  Yes, lots of correct wine. Over the years we search & exploreContinue reading “Slightly Aged Standout French White Wines”

California Wine–reminiscing–Part Two–the 80’s

The 1980’s proved to be a whole new frontier of Californian wines for me to explore.  Where the 1970’s consisted of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon based reds, the new, standout wines of the 1980’s, ventured into other grape varieties such as Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. 1980 VINTAGE–The first eye opening wine from the 1980 vintage, wasContinue reading “California Wine–reminiscing–Part Two–the 80’s”

California Wine–reminiscing–Part One–the 70’s

I was a young lad of 23 when I landed a server job at the soon to open Alioto’s Restaurant, which was then located at the corner of Kaheka & Makaloa streets across from the old Holiday Mart location.  Alioto’s was & still is an iconic, family owned San Francisco restaurant located on Fisherman’s Wharf.  This was toContinue reading “California Wine–reminiscing–Part One–the 70’s”

an afternoon with 2 long time wine friends 02-11-18

It’s remarkably been over 40 years of my being involved with wines.  My, my, how time has just sped by, AND so quickly.  I recently received an email invitation from one of my longest time wine friends, John Brincko, to have lunch, catch up, taste some wines & talk story.  I was elated. I first metContinue reading “an afternoon with 2 long time wine friends 02-11-18”

French White Wine “Collectibles”

2005 Coche Dury Puligny Montrachet “Les Enseignères”–there is no doubt that Coche Dury is at the very top of the “A” list of white Burgundies today.  While this domaine is based in Meursault, they also own 1/2 hectare of Les Enseignères vineyard in Puligny Montrachet.  When I first tasted the 1986 Coche Dury Corton Charlemagne, I wasContinue reading “French White Wine “Collectibles””

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