Daisy Bateman

Winesday: What’s That Smell?

Amista Syrah Taste is a funny thing. I don’t mean in the way that makes some people think that this is a good idea for an outfit, although that’s not without its entertainment value. But right now we’re talking about the sense (one of five– collect them all!), and the way perception influences it. We … Read more

Winesday: The Bargain Chard Deathmatch

In this corner, marked down to $60 a case in the tasting room because they were trying to clear out their remaining stock: Stevenot 2006 Chardonnay. In the other corner, off the shelf and into the basket with the frozen stir-fry vegatables for $5.98: Trader Joe’s 2009 Grower’s Reserve Chardonnay. Round One: Both put in the freezer … Read more

Winesday: Small Town, Big Cab

Val du Vino Cabernet Sauvignon I think I mentioned that a couple of weeks ago Cameron and I took off for a long weekend in Murphy’s, our favorite winery-infested town in the Sierra Foothills. We were lucky enough to catch one of the few outright-beautiful series of days in this strange and damp spring, and … Read more


So, three weeks into this and I seem to have come to the inevitable conclusion: I am not a very good wine blogger. I remain, of course, an excellent wine drinker, but the part where I translate that experience to the written word has so far escaped me, with all of my impressions being either … Read more

Winesday: Long Weekend Wine

Newsome-Harlow Zinfandel I swear, there are times when we go on trips that don’t have anything to do with drinking wine. I mean, I can’t think of any right now, but there must be some*. Anyway, we’re at it again, heading back up to Murphy’s where we’ve rented a cottage for a weekend of tasting, … Read more

Winesday: The Chardonnay That Ate San Mateo

Actually, that’s really not fair; it isn’t a particularly big or aggressive wine at all. Not too sharp, not overly buttery, pairs excellently with an evening sitting around watching terrible, terrible movies on the SciFi* channel. Cameron was away for the weekend, living the high life** in Vegas for his friend’s bachelor party, which meant … Read more

Winesday: You Look Like a Petite Syrah Kind of Reader

Boekenoogen Petite SyrahColor: RedComposition: Petite SyrahConsumed with: Prime New York strip steak from Costco, possibly our last in a while because Cameron is reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which means that we are learning* a lot about the Evil of Corn. Notes**:Me: Strong, but fruity.C: Notes of berry, port on the nose, balanced tannins, refined for … Read more


Another day, another labored portmanteau word. I don’t like wine quite as much as shoes (this is a good thing, for many obvious reasons), but I am rather fond of it. So, I thought, why not write about it? I mean, aside from the fact that I know very little about wine writing, and while … Read more