Chardonnay: Better Than Ever

By Dan Berger Most wine lovers in this country believe Chardonnay in this country came of age more than 40 years ago. I believe it’s actually happening now. It’s my thesis that until recently, U.S. winemakers were on a slow, steady learning curve… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Chardonnay: Better Than Ever”

Murphy Reappears!

It never fails: You save a bottle of wine for a special event, perhaps one that’s decades in the cellar, and when you finally pull the cork, the wine is more than a disappointment: It’s corked. Murphy has struck again. We’ve all heard of Murphy’s… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Murphy Reappears!”

Bargains of the Week

2017 Billi Billi Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran ($15): Anyone who is a fan of cold-climate Syrah and who does not already know about this distinctive Australian district located well northwest of Melbourne should immediately shift gears and go after at … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Bargains of the Week”

Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week 2016 Home Field Red Blend, Dry Creek Valley ($25): Former Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia’s son, Adam, is the winemaker for the family project located in Dry Creek, and his first red blend is this delightful effort that leads off w… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargain of the Week

2016 Andre Brunel Côtes do Rhône Villages, La Sabine ($17): Most red wines with this designation have a rustic or “farmyard” sort of personality, but the dramatic fruit of cranberry and black cherry (Grenache?) combined with very attractive succulen… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

Wine of the Week

2018 Decoy Merlot, Sonoma County ($25): In some ways, this is a remarkable wine because of its price: it over-delivers! This superb wine has excellent varietal intensity of black cherry, plum, olivey-tea leaf notes, and an entry that surprises becau… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Terroir: A Lost Concept?

By Dan Berger It is extremely rare that, in a number-based wine recommendation, the written description of the wine uses the word “terroir,” or even makes an allusion to it or to regionality. If such a thing were ever to occur, it would run th… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Terroir: A Lost Concept?”

What is Pinot Noir?

I tasted two very nice Pinot Noirs the other day that were made by a Napa Valley winemaker who mainly makes Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit for the wines came from the Russian River Valley, and I wrote in my tasting book “delicious.” Bu… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “What is Pinot Noir?”