I am taste-testing a sparkling wine from Tasmania named 42 Degrees South, which is the latitude of Tasmania. This wine is not available in the US, but you can find it at my MiraCosta wine appreciation course this fall entitled Wines From A Land Down Under.


2 weeks wine tasting in France was a wonderful experience. I visited the Champagne and Bordeaux regions. I have lots of knowledge to share and plenty of stories about these wonderful wine growing areas. Sante!


Only professional Somms can properly determine the color of wine with shades on. DO NOT try this at home. From the Summer course catalog at MiraCosta College Community Education.

2nd edition books

2nd editions are arriving soon. All are completely revised and updated. There is even a new format along with updated cover art. Coming in late 2022 and early 2023 are 2nd editions of Wines From A Land Down Under, Vive La France!, I Love California Wine, and Italian Wine, Art, and Culture. Register for a wine appreciation course at MiraCosta College to get your copy!

Ch. Troplong Mondot

Ch. Troplong Mondot is a Premier Grand Cru Classé B from Bordeaux’s Right Bank appellation named Saint-Émilion Grand Cru AOP. The similarity in the classification name and appellation name makes it a bit confusing.