Can even very good tasters properly evaluate older wine?

Decades ago, a San Diego wine merchant invited several wine collectors, including one newcomer, to a tasting of red wines that theoretically were supposed to sell for very little money. The tasting of 15 wines “generic reds” (as he called them) repr… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Can even very good tasters properly evaluate older wine?”

A Restaurant Glitch

I believe there are several important messages embedded in an odd experience that occurred at a New York restaurant not long ago, which was reported in a sort of amusing manner in an article in Decanter magazine. At the restaurant Balthasar, two … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “A Restaurant Glitch”

Wine of the Week

2019 Navarro Muscat Blanc, Anderson Valley ($22): We all know of the somewhat simplistic aroma that comes out of warm-climate Muscat grapes. It can be fascinating and alluring, and especially so when the wine is made with sufficient residual sugar t… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

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!”

Bargain of the Week

2020 Goldridge Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Marlborough ($9): One of the aroma markers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is not its “cat pee” or gooseberry aromas, but its faint trace of “iodine,” a most attractive aromatic note that adds interest to its l… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

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”