Cellar Wine Review: 2014 Catena Alta Historic Rows Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $45-55 The Basics: Raspberry nose is fairly plain, without complexity.  Palate is full bodied but bitter and uninteresting with a heavy leather and tobacco taste.  Medium plus tannin.  Medium plus acidity. Rating: 86 points My take: The rating reflects the price point and I was underwhelmed and disappointed.  This is too bad because its…

Hey FIFA. 48 Teams? Please Don’t.

Last week, the south american soccer federation known as CONMEBOL submitted a formal request to FIFA to increase the number of teams from 32 to 48 for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.  This expansion to 48 teams had not been expected to begin until the 2026 tournament. This is great news right?  A win-win,…

USMNT vs Paraguay 5 Takeaways

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” is a well known saying in sports and its origins are attributed to UCLA football coach Henry Russell Sanders but might as well have been stuck on a postit note attached to Dave Sarachan’s forehead Tuesday night in the USMNT game verses Paraguay. Here are my 5 takeaways…

Mussels

Really easy, really good. Ingredients: olive oil 2 cloves minced garlic 2 Tbsp minced shallots 1/2 cup dry white wine diced tomatoes (Canned or Fresh) mussels (1 lb per person) parlsey Step 1: Are my mussels alive? So if your mussels are closed when you bring them home, great they are alive and ready to…

Jonathan Gonzalez and the U.S. Soccer Latino Problem

“The downward spiral of (Soccer) dumbness in America is about to hit a new low” – Hunter S. Thompson (FYI – I added the “Soccer”, Hunter Thompson did say the rest) Just when you thought more bad news was nearly impossible for the bureaucratic, bundling, complex, nonsensical system that is the United States Soccer Federation…

Table Wine Review: 2015 Amancaya Reserve Red Blend

Price: $15.99-21.99 The Basics: 85% Malbec/10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  Nose is vanilla and bitter chocolate.  Palate is surprisingly complex with cherry and mint undertones.  Nice dark bold body, high tannins, medium acidity. Rating: 92 points My take:  Really nice Malbec blend from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family, building off their Caro…

Table Wine Review: 2015 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $10.99-12.99 (I have even seen it for $8.99 some places) The Basics: Nose is nice, a combo of plum and vanilla, nothing spectacular, but not boring either.  Palate is smooth, inviting, wonderful balance of texture and fruit.  And there is a smokey, almost savory finish that pulls you in for more.  Medium plus tannin. …

Why either Steve Gans or Eric Wynalda must be the next US Soccer President

Let’s play the U.S. Soccer Presidential elimination game! If those who are passionate about this sport want a transformative future then the presidential elections in February are the most important moment in the history of U.S. Soccer.  Supporting the right type of candidate is essential.  Based on what I think are the most important attributes…