Wine of the Week

     2017 Strada al Sasso, Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione ($50): This truly great wine from Jackson Family’s handsome southern Tuscan estate (Siena-area) Tenuta di Arceno is a spectacular new entry to the new classification. week. The aroma has c… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargain of the Week

2019 Zestos Tinto Garnacha, Madrid ($11): People are always asking about quaffable red wine, and there may be no better quaffing red than this dramatic, Granache based lighter-weight Spanish import. It spent no time in oak and is essentially a young,… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

Bargains of the Week

2020 Rive Sud Pinot Noir  “Fruitage,” Pays d’Oc ($12): This is a dry rosé with elegant and delicate fruit aromas of watermelon, strawberry, and a bit of citrus. The entry is dry, but the wine’s structure is based on 13% alcohol, so it has a tiny bit… Want to read more? If you’re already a … Continue reading “Bargains of the Week”

Wine of the Week

2018 Post Scriptum de Chryseia, Douro ($24) – Portuguese red wines are coming of age, and here is a gorgeous red example — and a real value. A partnership between Bruno Prats of Bordeaux (Château Cos-d’Estournel) and the Symington family of Port fa… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

News Notes

  Australia has been engaged in an internecine trade war with China for at least the last year, and the result has been an almost complete halt to Australian wine going into China. Despite Australia’s horrendous bushfires, it has continued t… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “News Notes”

Jeff Runquist on Alcohols

The brilliant Sierra Foothills winemaker Jeff Runquist is very concerned about a trend in this country toward high alcohols in red wines. “I prefer to pick at 23 or 24 Brix, where I can make a  balanced wine,” he said.  One way to ach… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Jeff Runquist on Alcohols”

Peterson on Cabernet

At the 90th birthday celebration a few weeks back that was staged at Chateau Montelena in Calistoga for Dr. Richard Peterson,  I got the chatting with him as well as several other icons of the wine industry who happened to be there,  including chef… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Peterson on Cabernet”

Bargain of the Week

 2020 Babich Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough ($13 FULL SRP; see below)—This fine producer of excellent red and white wines is located in Hawkes Bay on New Zealand’s north island. Recently, when NZ Sauvignon Blanc was becoming very popular in the United… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”