For What It’s Worth

A group of experienced Sonoma County winemakers gets together twice a year to evaluate sparkling wines and Champagnes. A recent blind tasting of 12 wines (I did not attend) had the following results: (prices approximate) 2018 Domaine Carneros Br… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “For What It’s Worth”

Boxed Wine Drawback

An article listing all of the terrific reasons why consumers should consider purchasing wines in large format boxes appeared in The New York Times recently. It listed 10 boxed-wine options by name and price for consumers to consider. The article seem… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Boxed Wine Drawback”

News Notes

Italian Law Change The Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico announced two important changes to its regulations on July 5. The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione category has been updated to allow producers to add to their labels “one of the 11 named Addit… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “News Notes”

Wine of the Week

2022 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Orange, Central Coast ($18): This is really not a traditional orange wine in the sense of its oxidative elements, and a good reason for this is that it’s 80% Grenache Blanc and 10% Grenache (red), with 10% Orange Muscat! One… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

The Bargain of 2023: Sauvignon Blanc

By Dan Berger Making predictions about wine pricing often leads to egg-on-face embarrassment that the predictor hopes no one will remember. And yet it seems obvious to me that Sauvignon Blanc is about as cheap as it will ever be and likely will… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “The Bargain of 2023: Sauvignon Blanc”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2021 Reustle Prayer Rock Syrah, Umpqua Valley ($39): This may well be the finest Syrah produced in the United States over the last decade. Purists say an aroma of black pepper (rotundone) is one of the key elements in cooler-climate (o… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Flash Bargain

This week some Grocery Outlet stores began carrying a 2017 Chardonnay from Lincourt in Santa Barbara that is still listed on the Lincourt website for $40. 2017 Lincourt Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, Rancho Santa Rosa: There is a bit of maturity in… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Flash Bargain”

Update on April 7, 2023

A version of this ran today in the Napa Register By Dan Berger The discussion was mostly cordial until some debate crept in toward the end, leading me to a decade of internal thought that plagued me until a year ago. I was chatting, about 2005, with … Want to read more? If you’re already … Continue reading “Update on April 7, 2023”

Flash on April 5, 2023:

Some Grocery Outlet stores now are carrying the following exceptional Pinot Noir, which had an original suggested retail price of $60 per bottle. It is truly a dramatic example of classic Central Coast Pinot: 2014 Kenneth Volk Pinot Noir, Santa Ma… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Flash on April 5, 2023:”