Wanderlust

A chronicle of adventures and musings of an oenophile, gastronomer and raconteur.

Road trips, ghost towns, classic motorcycles, wine adventures, regrettably fancy cocktails, & too much good food.

Martian Ranch, Alesco Canyon, Santa Maria. I loved the albarino! Interesting Spanish and Rhone varietals.

A quick stop at Laetitia for some bubbles! # SommJourney

Attended the Domaine Select Icon tasting at Republique today. Standouts were the 82 Barolo Reserva, The Super Tuscans and Brunello di Montacino. Also, the ‘63 Armangnac was heaven. Cheers!

Champagne
Alfred Gratien, Philippe Gonet and Fleury
Piedmont
Barolo from Borgogno 2008 Vintage, Cannubi, Liste & Fossati Vineyards, and Mirafiore 2010
Tuscany
Castello Terriccio & Poggio di Sotto Brunello
Bolgheri
Grattamacco. Maremma with Colle Massari
Sicily
COS and their new Single Vineyard “Della Fontane”
Also showing other estates such as Gravner, Vodopivec, La Roncaia, Movia, Velenosi, Josmeyer, & Seltz.
Spirits 
Samaroli 1967 Tomintoul, Bunnahabhain 1978, Glen Scotia 1992 and Isle of Jura 1997, Castarede Armagnac, Grosperrin Cognac, Varnelli Amaro, Whistle Pig and 1997 Vintage Rhum JM
Found this secret spot in LA yesterday.
That way! #WaywardSommelier
Cycling Yosemite
Charlotte and Zophia.
Smells like freedom. Highway 41
Found an actual river while cycling in L.A. today.
Daily kit. #sommelier
I finally got to crack open one of these icons. Can anyone name the grape?
Winemaker Jean-Luc Colombo in a glass of his own cotes du Rhone blanc.
As she began, so she ends. Thank you, Thursday for letting me drink every rare unctuous drop you offered.
Jesus from Portugal says, have another.

Wine maker #2 for the day. Met with Baptiste Cuvelier of France/Argentina for a tasting of the full line. Completely interested in the “Earthquake Harvest” 09. It’s relevant.