San Diego Wine Geek

I write a lot about Italian wine, but I am also fortunate to be based in a great American wine-producing region: California.  I live in the southern half of the state, where (aside from Santa Barbara), most peo...

Franciacorta Love.

I have a passion for Champagne, thanks especially to Samantha Dugan in Southern California, who keeps my fridge stocked with new small producers, but my heart truly belongs to Franciacorta.  Where else in Italy...

Lunch with the Bertani Boys

Bertani Amarone, 1986 One of my favorite local wine guys, Michael Young, is also one of my favorite chefs.  In a past life he was one of the founders of Italian cuisine in Los Angeles (in addition to opening ...