Simplification

By Dan Berger One of history’s greatest composers of classical music was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. One of his most frivolous, almost humorous pieces of music was his Rondo in D for piano and orchestra, K382,  a charming bit of fluff that lasts roughl… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Simplification”

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”