By Dan Berger The subject of this essay is fairly easy to synopsize: It’s extremely difficult to make a red wine that is both succulent and has the ability to age for even a few years. It should be easy for our readers to understand this, but a… Want to read more? If you’re already … Continue reading “Succulence vs. Aging”
We were in a restaurant a week ago in Southern California and a Santa Barbara Riesling on the wine list looked intriguing. It was listed as “dry,” but so are so many other wines that are really not very dry at all. We tried the wine. It was not dr… Want to read more? If … Continue reading “Ask for a Taste”
In the last four decades of his life, Robert Lawrence Blazer was a wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a publication that offered him more fame than he had received for the many other star turns he had achieved in his long life. Bal… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Explanation of Future Issues”
By Robert Lawrence Balzer Date of event: June 1939 An invitation that I could not refuse came in June of 1939, … the luncheon guest of Madame de Latour, widow of the founder of Beaulieu Vineyard at Rutherford, in the Napa Valley, with her newly… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “An Early Day with André”
2016 Rain Dance Estate Riesling, Chehalem Mountains, Nichols Vineyard ($22): What marks this sensational Riesling is an amazingly spiced aroma of jasmine and fresh fennel. The entry is very dry, but the mid-palate shows about 6 grams of r.s. all held… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”
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By Dan Berger Dry Riesling isn’t more widely appreciated in the United States is not a surprise. It is due in part to the failure of those people who are seen as wine experts, but who show so little enthusiasm for it, even when they write about it… Want to read more? If you’re already … Continue reading “Only in America: Ignoring Dry Riesling”
2016 Pierre Sparr Riesling, Alsace, Grande Reserve ($14): Initially slightly simple and just a nice little quaff, this very dry wine actually benefits from being open for a few hours and decanting helps to open it faster. Dry Rieslings from this part… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”
A Few Great Rieslings Exceptional 2015 Von Nell-Breuning Kaseler Dominikanerberg Riesling Kabinett ($19): The aroma is stony with hints of white peach, slightly floral, and the wine has a depth that is hard to imagine from the cooler Ruwer Val… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”