05/11/19 6:00am

Credit: Vera Chinese

I don’t have an expansive wine cellar, but I do have one. It’s in a corner of our basement against an outside wall, where it stays mostly cool year-round. It’s also a disorganized disaster of a mess. And that might be understating the situation.

But, as I slowly try to dig through it and drink down my cellar to a more manageable size, I’ve found some real treasures — older local wines that in many cases I didn’t realize I had. I opened some with friends just to see how they were tasting. They varied in years from 1997 to 2006 and, while a couple of them were probably beyond their peak drinking, not a single one of them was what I’d call a clunker.

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08/11/18 5:55am

Wolffer Estate Vineyard celebrated its 30th anniversary with a dinner last weekend. (Credit: @wolfferwine/Instagram)

It rained Saturday. It rained hard. Roads flooded. I’m sure that more than a few of the 250 or so people who gathered at Wölffer Estate to celebrate the winery’s 30th anniversary expected that the event would be moved inside. Or at least under a tent.

But no. The Wölffer team didn’t give up and was rewarded with what was nothing short of a perfect evening. We were outside the entire evening, in grass that should have been soggy, above soil that should have been like a wet sponge. (more…)