The Glut: Opportunism

By Dan Berger The worldwide surplus of table wines (and all wines, really) is having a monumental impact in just about every corner of the wine community – so much so that I’ve given serious thought to writing at least one long analysis article f… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “The Glut: Opportunism”

Buying Strategies

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could always afford to buy a dozen bottles at a time and take advantage of deeper case discounts that are often available from discount shops across the United States? We are not talking here about 10% or 20% discounts,… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Buying Strategies”

Tasting Notes

All wines below tasted double-blind except where noted Exceptional 2018 Navarro Chardonnay, Mendocino County ($22): Brilliant fruit unadorned by intrusive oak, though the wine’s complexity shows that it was in some (probably used) barrels brie… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a subscriber, sign … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

News Notes

Coronavirus update California Gov. Gavin Newsome announced Sunday that all bars, brewpubs, nightclubs, and wineries will shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19.  A result: most wine tasting rooms, sit-down restaurants, bars and so forth… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a subscriber, … Continue reading “News Notes”

Wine of the Week

2017 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($28): For those who really want to have an exceptional Cabernet experience that displays the grape’s herbal varietal aroma, complete with traces of dried herbs like thyme and sage, and still has bright c… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargains of the Week

2016 Patient Cotat Le Grand Caillou ($13): This light white wine (100% Sauvignon Blanc) is not quite as Loire Valley-authentic in terms of minerality in either the aroma or the finish. But this wine nonetheless delivers a charming level of varietal … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Bargains of the Week”

Starting Year 25

By Dan Berger It isn’t easy summing up two and a half decades of intensive commentary writing on wine (24 to be accurate), especially with the volume that we at Vintage Experiences have produced. Except for some time off for rehabilitation from a… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Starting Year 25”

Obliterating Terroir and Varietal Confusion

It has been about 35 years since I realized that some supposedly great wines were fraudulently being foisted off on an unsuspecting public at ludicrous prices as a result of scores created to be self-fulfilling prophecies of “greatness.” Whatever th… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Obliterating Terroir and Varietal Confusion”