Wine of the Week

2019 Banshee Pinot Noir, Sonoma County ($20) – Effusive winemaker Alicia Sylvester uses fruit from several areas of Sonoma County including Petaluma Gap and the Russian River Valley to make this character, fruit-driven wine that has hints of depth y…. Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargain of the Week

2020 Trivento Malbec Reserve, Mendoza ($11) – This wine could never have been made a century ago before modern viticulture and enology helped to create a real Argentine persona for this French grape variety. Trivento is a superb albeit larger produce… 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

2017 Petilia Irpinia Aglianico, Campania ($18): One of Italy’s greatest red wines, is Aglianico, a typically rustic (think Petite Sirah) variety that usually rewards aging wine for just a few years. As such, this 2017 example is still an absolute bab… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Wine and Health

(This article is a reprint of one published months ago in another publication) By Dan Berger When someone lifts a glass and offers a toast “To your health,” the message isn’t merely a salute — it’s a medical fact. Evidence of that has often ap… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Wine and Health”

Aging White Wines, Part I

Not that it really needs to be re-stated, but aging of white wines can produce superb results. A few basic rules apply: Pick the proper grape variety. Choose wines with relatively high acidity and low pH. Store wines as cool as possible, no … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Aging White Wines, Part I”

Oxidation Observations Part I

In a typical week, I will open between 20 and 30 bottles of wine to evaluate for this publication, some of which are purchased, some of which I request from importers or wineries, and a few of which are unsolicited. Since there are three separate … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Oxidation Observations Part I”

Clouds or Haze in Wine

A winemaker told me she had an experience not long ago that was unnerving. A few bottles of Chardonnay a had been returned to the winery by people who were not particularly knowledgeable and who said that the wine was spoiled.  She said the win… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Clouds or Haze in Wine”