SWIRLosopher Wine Blog

What Aristotle Can Teach Wine Critics

In an article about Warren Winiarski, Dorothy Gaiter asked the legendary Stags Leap Wine Cellars vintner about the process he used to evaluate his wines. He [Winiarski] explained to me that “to be complete, a wine has to have three fundamental things. It has to have a beginning. It has to have a middle. And […]

Sometimes Red Will Calm the Bull. 

A few years back, Casey Johnson, a former student of mine, imagined – in one of her branding projects for Loco wine – that it took a powerful wine to stand up to the power of a big, marbelized slab of beef. Back then I didn’t really understand how correct she was. Some wines are […]

Truffled Chicken, Sunday-Night Pizza Style. 

   Truffled chicken, or Chicken in Half Mourning, is a French dish that is made by inserting slices of fresh black truffles under the skin of a whole chicken that is then oven roasted. Ideally, the dish would be paired with an old red or white Burgundy wine.  I, however, had a much thriftier idea […]

Lost Zin Space

To be appreciated wine demands attention and contemplation; and the appeal of tasting is enhanced if one can analyse it. – Emile Peynaud The theme of the evening was Zinfandel. The wines were superb (with The Terraces 2013 Zin being the standout). The company engaging. But the introvert in me was in full bloom and […]

The Virtues of 77 Point Greek Wines

Feta Mediterranean Cuisine is a gem of a family-run Greek restaurant in downtown Ocala, FL. The owner, Dimitri, also has a passion for Greek wines. He poured me more than one on the last occasion I visited the restaurant, but one in particular was instructive. The Delectable score on the third wine I sampled that […]