Wine of the Week

2018 Domaine Les Gryphées Beaujolais, Cuvée Les Balmes, Vieilles Vignes ($15): This is not your average Beaujolais! It doesn’t have the tutti-frutti jammy aroma of that district. It is slightly darker, more complex, and has the weight, nearly, of a … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Southern French Whites

When we think of the white wines of the south of France, one basic type emerges in our mind: White Côtes du Rhône. These wines tend to be more interesting, especially in the last decade as better (cold-fermentation) techniques have been developed to… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Southern French Whites”

A Third Level of Wine Quality

Over the decades, we have pointed out the absurdity of trying to score wine with a numerical rating, as if a 95 is actually “better than” a 94. Just look the ridiculousness of it all, especially if the 95 is a score awarded to a Merlot and the 94 is… Want to read more? If … Continue reading “A Third Level of Wine Quality”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2016 Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d’Alba, Piemonte “Ruvei” ($18): Ripe plum and cherry amid hints of wet earth, a faint trace of tar, and perfectly balanced acidity – a great example of Italian personality with a modern touch. I’ve had … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Premeditated Wine Buying

By Dan Berger If you’re willing to alter your wine buying habits (for some this will not entail any change at all!), this article could change your life and make wine purchasing not only more enjoyable but more adventuresome. And it is aimed a… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Premeditated Wine Buying”

An Unsolicited Appreciation of Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa

(Note: I buy almost all my wine at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. No one at the store knew I was going to write the following. I did not receive any compensation from Bottle Barn for writing this.) One way to buy wine is in a grocery store or even a … Want to read … Continue reading “An Unsolicited Appreciation of Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa”

An Ocean of Wine

By Dan Berger Wine consumers should immediately begin looking for bargains, comparing prices, visiting discount stores, and signing up for retailers’ club/membership programs. This has occurred because of a problem the industry faces as a result … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a … Continue reading “An Ocean of Wine”

Taking Advantage of the Glut

The most important way to take advantage of weaknesses in the bulk wine market is to begin to compare pricing and determine all the overall costs, including shipping From remote locations, Such as a Connecticut wine shop that has a better price on t… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Taking Advantage of the Glut”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional Great Dry Rieslings 2017 Fritz Haag Riesling Brauneberger Juffer Trocken ($40): This wine finished first on my scorecard at a recent tasting staged by Sonoma County sommelier/wine expert Chris Sawyer. However, it did f… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a subscriber, sign … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”