Sauvignon Blanc’s Greatness

This essay appeared recently in the Napa Register By Dan Berger Nearly a year ago, I opined here that “the best white wine in America today is Sauvignon Blanc.” Nothing in the intervening 11 months has changed that notion except that consumer d… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Sauvignon Blanc’s Greatness”

Tasting Notes

2020 Carol Shelton Zinfandel, Mendocino County “Wild Thing” ($20): This simply superb example of a bright, fruit-driven Zinfandel is still pretty young, but it has all the complexity that you would expect from a Carol Shelton wine. It is overwhelming… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Bargain of the Week

2020 Domaine de la Grenaudiere Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, Sur Lie ($15): I am always looking for crisp wines to recommend, so among the wines that I purchased within the last few weeks was a $40 bottle of a theoretically excellent Muscadet with an exal… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

An Answer to Gran Selezione

Chianti Classico is a larger region in Tuscany that makes one of the world’s most recognizable and broadly appealing red wines, Chianti — a staple in Italian restaurants around the world. Although Chianti has been produced for well over a century… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “An Answer to Gran Selezione”

New Bottle Sizes

Almost unnoticed within the last two years is the fact that the federal government had approved some new bottle sizes that are now legal in which to sell wine. The quarter bottle, or 187 mL, otherwise called “a split,” was a popular size in convenien… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “New Bottle Sizes”

Corkage and Diversity in Restaurants

A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out that corkage charges in San Francisco restaurants are rising significantly. It seemed to be an alarming trend — or so I thought before I read the article. But what ended up happening was af… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Corkage and Diversity in Restaurants”

The Death of Fine Dining

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside in an American society that desperately wanted to remove masks and dine out again, the fine dining scene in America began to resurrect itself, and initially, we began to see some of our better restaurants reo… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “The Death of Fine Dining”