Category Archives: General News

Wine History & Scoring

Some of the writers out and about who were once destined to be historians and could not find a career found wine instead. This leads me to the subject of this blog. Is it important to know everything there is about a wine region, wine family before you can truly enjoy the bottle of wine. […]

One Hell of a Bargain

I have heard an awful lot about the pricing of wines lately. I covered a little of this in the three tier system blog. It’s easy to spout off about the price of a bottle of wine with no idea what goes into making it. Yes all wine is “Not” created equally so what gives […]


The day had not yet reached dawn while the power surged through the dimly lit Winery. Dr. Frankenstein considered his next move. I need more parts, more ingredients, more interference. Yes, Yes my creation is at hand. But Doctor, his able body assistant fresh out of U.C. Davis opined, you’ve already added more acid than […]


Let me say this loud and clear, Storage is the single most important thing you can do preventing damage to a bottle of wine. Some still don’t get it, and I’m not talking only of the retail customer, I’m talking of the wholesaler, distributor, retail shop and restaurant. I have been lucky enough to fly […]


Do you remember when all you longed for was ice cream, cake and candy, wishing everyday was your Birthday? Then as we got older a great piece of meat or fish or even a great vegetable. I don’t pretend that great desert is not still craved, but you now have contrast, choices and you enjoy […]


So you’re looking for the right tool for the right job.  You scramble around and you don’t have the exact tool, but with a little innovation you tweak this, and that and holy shit it’s fixed.  Why?  Because of wisdom, experience, talent and ability to draw from those things at the right time at the […]

Read The Text!

The subject of this blog is scores! Yes that numbering system that has redefined the quality, approach, mind set, consumption, wine making, marketing, and more when it comes to wine. For better or worse we have all been affected by the rating system and we will continue to be for the foreseeable future. What is […]

Raw Material

If you were to start a business, family, or plan a trip around the world you would most differently put some pre thought into it would you not? I mean doing anything on a whim might seem exciting but the consequences can be disastrous. Yet many of our planted vines over the last 100 years […]

Nonno Family

What’s in a name you ask? Well, for me it was an accumulation of decisions that brought me to this intersection that is known as now. Let me give you one such example out of millions. My Grandfather Colargio Zito and my Grandmother Giovana came to the new World in the early part of the […]

We The People

So, for those that have read my blogs before, you won’t be surprised at the subject chosen for your intellectual stimulus today. Please forgive me for my transparency, but it’s high time we break down the borders of the so called United States (the key words) of America. Yes united, all states to form a […]


When I was a consumer of wine, long before my adventures into winemaking, I was always amused at the next “vintage of the century”.   It was rare indeed to find a winemaker or winery owner who honestly evaluated any of his vintages until they were long sold through. There are exceptions to the rule […]

Truth In Labeling

Do you long for those days in the so distant past when we did not have computers, cell phones, flat screens, satellite, and HDTV? Yes, when you had to get off your ass to change the channels, oops. When you always had a dime to phone home? That was a special time in our country. […]

Screw This!

Some subjects are more interesting than others, depending upon your point of view and the overall fondness for the subject matter. I know one thing, this is akin to the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s when taking this subject on. No one is on the fence. Enclosures, sounds pretty dry so far but it’s the hottest subject […]


I read an article today from a friend and great writer (unlike me) that talked of classics in terms of a wine region or even a wine producer. (See Matt Kramer’s column Drinking Out Loud for full details.) For those who have not read any of his pieces, you are missing one of the most […]

Sour Taste!

I am often reminded of just how little some in the industry know when it comes to harvesting their crop. Yes, those best laid plans of trying to achieve the perfect wine, and yet they squander the opportunity early on while tasting in the vineyard. Let me tell you, it’s part amusing, frustrating, and ignorant […]


Losing one’s family obliges us to search, replace our family (a quote from Finding Forester). Not always with blood but maybe in the form of a friend. In my case I never really lost my family since it remains intact on the East Coast. Yes, a big Sicilian family starting with my mother who’s 86, […]