Early Days of Port: A Series on Fortified Wine
Recently we’ve been really into Port and fortified wines in general. Fist, let’s we just acknowledge how awesome the word fortified is. It’s such a good word-very masculine and enhanced and improved sounding. Wine is a delicious entity in its own right, but consider the impact when it is preceded by the word fortified. It becomes an improved version of an already amazing thing. ...
Joan d' Anguera Montsant Garnatxa, 2011
For Spanish wine, DO isn’t “DO” like just do it. It stands for Denominación de Origen and it is the regulating body for Spanish wines. Just like France’s, AOC, laws, the DO regulates what types of grapes can be grown, how many of them, and how boozy they can be. On our by-the-glass list, a current DO of interest is Montsant. Montsant’s introduction as a DO...
A Letter from Our Boss, Jeff Hanak:
To all Friends of the Restaurant Industry Request for any donations to keep the City College of San Francisco Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program alive. Being a former graduate of the two year program which was called Hotel and Restaurant in the late 80’s, I take great pride in calling myself Alumni and affording opportunities to future graduates in a profession that has been integral to the...
Blind Tasting Haikus: By Alyssa Shepherd
Alyssa is a server at Nopa. She is enthusiastic about wine (especially Spanish wines) and has led tastings for us in the past. In lieu of posting mundane tasting notes, she opted for a haiku series from a blind tasting a few weeks back. But this isn’t her first haiku rendezvous. In fact, she is to be credited with the first ever post on our Nopalize blog. Oh, a blind tasting Make...
Syrah "Offerus" St. Joseph 2007 J.L. Chave...
In Hermitage, the name Chave is as important as any other, and is perhaps held in the highest esteem. Since 1481, the family has made wines in the famed Northern Rhone Appellation. Hermitage is the hill on the eastern side of the Rhone River, where inky, ageworthy Syrah has dominated for centuries. Chave owns about half of the vineyards on that hill. JL, is Jean Louis, a graduate of UC Davis,...
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