Talesofthecork to add grass roots wine reviews

While the Internet is crowded with wine buying and tasting options, I consistently find myself experimenting with wines from Washington, Oregon, California, France and Italy. So while the phrase ‘drink what you like’ is still appropriate, for most it can be an expensive proposition to find bottles that fit personal taste, style, pairing and cost.

Fortunately, my travels to each of those wine regions have provided me the opportunity to do just that. The study of wine during my free time has gifted me the chance to talk to winemakers, chefs, wine lovers and casual drinkers for the last seven years. And while I did not officially document many of my travels or discussions, Talesofthecork.com was born out of those experiences.

So with those humble beginnings, I now offer my take on wines. My grass roots approach is not only for the once a week consumer but for those like me who are on the road to develop their palate.

Greg Stobbe is TalesoftheCork and is adding wine reviews to his stories on wine, food and travel.
Greg Stobbe is TalesoftheCork and is adding wine reviews to his stories on wine, food and travel.

While I follow and enjoy contemporary wine reviewers like Robert Parker and James Suckling, those require passwords and yearly fee. I also like what Jon Thorsen, the Reverse Wine Snob, is doing with wines under $20. I do not want to compete with his findings.

My vision is to try, taste and review what I either stumble across in the four regions of my travel or am sent to review and pass along my findings. The cost is not my primary consideration. I am looking for great wines across the spectrum. The goal is to share comments knowing that not all wines are for every body but find a variety suitable for all kinds of wine enthusiasts.

Of course I will give recommendations and how to obtain a wine or, in some cases, skip it. Sometimes the cost is worth the price for special occasions like an anniversary, birthday, or holiday meal. And some wines are perfect for poolside but not necessarily at the dinner table.

Another exciting part of my journey will be sharing best buys and value picks that are only available a short time via web sites or through wineries.

Of course I will continue to visit and chat with those involved in the food, wine and travel industry and post my tales, but my hope is to provide ‘tweener’ comments, tips and taste recommendations from my conversations and travels. After my winter illness, I am all the more excited to get back to a regular pace at Talesofthecork.com.

So return often to my blog, and you might check out my Twitter TalesoftheCork (@talesofthecork) and Instagram (talesofthecork) daily postings. I also would covet those who would suggest a wine, restaurant, chef or hotel to visit. Feel free to contact me through social media or via email at talesofthecork@gmail.com.

My first wine review will be the 2006 Piccini Villa Cortile Riserva DOCG Brunello from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. Look for the first post by June 26, 2013.

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Value, vision and verve

Tales of the Cork is organized into three categories: California’s Central Coast, California’s Central Valley and Burgundy, France. In addition, expansion is planned in the future.

TalesoftheCork seeks to listen to the stories of those who have spent years in the art of crafting wine and food experiences. Often that will require a conversation with those who work behind the scenes to create a culinary experience.

In the months ahead, each category will house behind-the-scenes stories from chefs and viticulturists to sommeliers and wine merchants. Utilizing personal interviews with visionaries of gastronomy and wine making, Tales of the Cork will not only provide insight into the value, vision and verve of those who dream to create food and wine experiences, but will share inspiring stories that yet remain untold.

My dream intertwines with theirs. I long to learn from and be inspired by their struggles and ability to overcome obstacles. My dream is to build relationships and share the stories they are compelled to tell–stories that have shaped them and their community.


Greg D. Stobbe

Welcome to Tales of the Cork

Welcome to Tales of the Cork. The vision of this blog is two-fold: 1) Introduce followers to inspiring stories as told by chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, and wine merchants in California and Burgundy, France. These tales are not meant to boast of their accomplishments but to share behind-the-scenes accounts of their journeys, both struggles and triumphs. 2) To provide travel tips, plans and opportunities for culinary food and wine adventures from California, including Paso Robles to Santa Barbara, and Burgundy, France.

At first, I will update the blog with bi-weekly posts on Tuesdays, beginning July 10, and Fridays, starting July 13, 2012. The vision is to move this to a five-time per week communication in the months to come. Future plans are to include Oregon wines and gastronomers as well as expanding into other regions of France. Tales of the Cork also welcomes comments, emails, tweets and suggestions for future stories and culinary adventures.

Thanks for visiting Tales of the Cork; I look forward to sharing wine, food and travel experiences with you.

Greg D. Stobbe

Tales of the cork

While the blog is still under construction, Tales of the Cork will uncover the stories behind the men and women of gastronomy and winemaking. The names may or may not be familiar but the behind the scenes anecdotes will be sure to inspire its readers. Along with the chefs and winemakers, this blog will also house restaurant and wine shop reviews.

This page will update as information becomes available.