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We had a strange experience two weeks ago that was not only rewarding but mystifying. I was poking around the cellar looking a dinner wine for that evening, and since we we’re doing main dish that called for a lighter-weight red, I went to the Pin… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Ancient PN”
What once was the least pricey “fine” wine in California, the former red Burgundy of old (1970s), today has come full circle. And at ludicrously high prices for wines that typically aren’t worth a fraction of what we’re being asked to pay. Over the last five years or so, the amorphous, usually overripe red blends … Continue reading “Red Blends”
Exceptional 2013 Engracia Syrah, Sonoma Valley, Deerfield Ranch ($35): It’s extremely difficult to get wine makers to find cooler regions and then courageously harvest fruit intentionally to make a cool-climate wine such as this one. Mike Faulck i… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”
One untold story of the California wine industry as this 2016 harvest comes to a close relates to the labor shortage that has impacted smaller producers in difficult way. One small Mendocino County wine maker related to me last week that it was on… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Labor Shortage”
Róse Hits New Heights
It is now possible to find sensational dry rosés from almost every region in the world, and many of them with such amazing character that you’ll be amazed by the quality of fruit, precision of wine-making skill, and structural balance you’re getting … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Róse Hits New Heights”
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Bargain of the Week
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Pricing a Bottle
When it comes to pricing a bottle of any wine, a huge number of factors must be looked at, and not only the cost of grapes. Is the winery owned free and clear because the property was founded 75 years ago and the mortgages are all paid off? Or was t… Want to read more? … Continue reading “Pricing a Bottle”
2010 Vigna Traverso Schioppettino, Friuli Colli Orientali DOC ($30): This is a star red wine for Don Chigazola, and one that no serious wine lover should miss! The cold-climate aroma of black pepper and violets expands with air to show off dried blac… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”