Bargain of the Week

2018 Château de Beaupré, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé ($11; see note below): Grenache arguably makes the finest pink wines in the world, and even though Pinot Noir is the grape variety of choice for rosé in California, when the classic maraschino … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

Wine of the Week

2018 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rosé, Mendocino County ($17): Dry rosé can be an exhilarating experience, and for many people, it starts with Grenache. However, for several years Carol has been making her superb pink wine from exceptional Carignane gr… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2018 Halleck Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, “Little Sister” ($39): Lean, minerally, citrus, ocean breeze, and a steely finish make this wine more like the eastern end of the Loire Valley and provoke comparisons to Sancerre. H… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Halleck Vineyard

Winemakers often are hired as a result of some skills that have nothing to do with the actual production of making wine. One of the major elements is a winemaker who has the personality to become charming, engaging, and even tell a few humorous s… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Halleck Vineyard”

Stages of Wine Consumption

By Dan Berger Longtime readers of this publication likely consider themselves sophisticated about wine and rightly so. Though we emphasize value in the wines we recommend, our first goal is quality, and to that end, we ignore scores (we don’t gen… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Stages of Wine Consumption”

A Great Bargain, but Act Fast

By Dan Berger Great Pinot Noir can be made only in cooler climates, and New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay is blessed to have within it one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon regions in the nation, Gimblett Gravels. And since Cabernet calls for warmer weather, it is only logical to assume that Hawke’s Bay isn’t cool enough … Continue reading “A Great Bargain, but Act Fast”

Concept Wines

Rare Examples of Courage by Winemakers By Dan Berger Most American wine consumers long ago completely accepted as valid the scores on wines that supposedly identified their quality — almost irrespective of who gave them the scores in which th… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Concept Wines”

Our Sad Cola Culture

One aspect of our lead story in this issue is that the topic may not appeal much to readers of basic newspaper wine columns that exalt the succulence of Chardonnays laden with new oak and “blessed” with low acidity. These are basically the wines tha… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Our Sad Cola Culture”

Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week 2018 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant, Monterey County, “Cuvée Oumuamua” (red) ($20): In the cool vintage of 2018, which was a serendipitous benefit, Randall Grahm realized that his 34-year love affair with this particular blend red w… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargain of the Week

Bargain of the Week 2017 Avalon Pinot Noir, California ($12): About four years ago I wrote something I never should have written. It was a brief diatribe that basically said that no cheap Pinot Noir was worth buying. Not only was it unprofessi… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”