Ab Simon: Bordeaux Savior

By Dan Berger Bordeaux may never be the same. I’m not speaking of the wine – one of the world’s most important vinous commodities, as well as one of the wine world’s most identifiable status-imbuing baubles. No, I’m speaking of Bordeaux the reg… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Ab Simon: Bordeaux Savior”

Bordeaux as a Luxury Good

By Dan Berger Several things have changed for Bordeaux’s red wines in the last 30 years and Paul Wagner says one key aspect of it is that Bordeaux is less a wine today and more a luxury item. Wagner, a retired public relations executive who liv… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Bordeaux as a Luxury Good”

Re-Evaluating 2018 Barolo

By Dan Berger Speculation about how a particular vintage of red wines will age always entails a massive amount of guesswork, which is almost never scientific. Which is why the following report is nothing more than speculation that comes from an in… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Re-Evaluating 2018 Barolo”

Confusion: Cheap(?) Barolo

By Dan Berger The wine: 2019 Kirkland (Costco) Barolo, Serralunga, $19.99. This wine caused me no end of philosophical angst and several days of vacillating between recommending it and ignoring it for entry into this newsletter. The answer to th… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Confusion: Cheap(?) Barolo”

Greg La Follette

Dan Berger When I decided to create a philosophical statement by making a tiny amount of bone-dry Riesling from a great vineyard, I needed a great winemaker. My choice was n who rarely made Riesling, but who is one of America’s best winemakers. … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Greg La Follette”

Alcohol Confusion

By Dan Berger A tax law change in England, which took effect Aug. 1, is playing havoc with wineries around the world as they begin to understand the unquestionably arcane nature of the new beast, which is next to impossible to truly get a handle o… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Alcohol Confusion”

Aussie Time!

By Dan Berger Wine buyers who are intelligent and aware and seek excellent value in premium wines should be eager buyers of some of Australia’s better-known wines. f not now, but soon. It may not yet be widely evident in some U.S. major markets, but… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Aussie Time!”

The Death of Fine Dining

By Dan Berger As the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside in an American society that desperately wanted to remove masks and dine out again, the fine dining scene in America began to resurrect itself, and initially, we began to see some of our bette… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “The Death of Fine Dining”

Smaller Dining-Out Options

By Dan Berger COVID-19 left wine lovers facing several aggravating issues, not least of which is how wines will cost more than they did before the pandemic. Combine that with an infinitely poorer selection of wines that we will see in restaurants … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Smaller Dining-Out Options”