Scoring Wines — And Unintended Consequences

By Dan Berger  Wine writers who review wines that are current releases, and especially those who use numerical scores to do so, often run headlong into a series of dilemmas that simply cannot be solved easily, or at all. Some of these dilemmas di… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Scoring Wines — And Unintended Consequences”

Climate Change: A Pernicious Enemy With a Silver Lining

As global climate changes hit every corner of the wine industry, cold regions will be making strides to retain classic styles for a lot longer than the far more extensive warmer areas. Yes, scientists, botanists, vit folks, and others have variou… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Climate Change: A Pernicious Enemy With a Silver Lining”

A Cold and Windy Solution to Global Climate Change

We have all read about how climate change is altering many of the wines we once loved. But not all wines are equally affected. One of the most obvious is Pinot Noir, which must be planted in cooler areas. And such regions usually have a built-in ai… Want to read more? If you’re already a … Continue reading “A Cold and Windy Solution to Global Climate Change”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2018 Complant Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Linda Vista Vineyard ($35):  The Complant project is a joint venture between the founder and strategic consultant Dan Baron and his son, Sam, and is one of the most striking new brands to hi… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Wines of the Week

2018 Leitz Riesling Trocken, Rudesheim Rheingau ($25): There is a fascinating floral note in this wine that makes it taste a little less like a Rheingau and gives the impression of a slightly more floral German district. However, the slate, lime, an… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Wines of the Week”

Anniversary Issue

It is hard to imagine that we began this publication exactly 25 years ago with a Valentine’s Day issue that was sent by fax to 12 subscribers who were intrepid enough to try this experimental publication with no prior template to look at. We were… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Anniversary Issue”

Bargain of the Week

2020 Goldridge Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Marlborough ($9): One of the aroma markers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is not its “cat pee” or gooseberry aromas, but its faint trace of “iodine,” a most attractive aromatic note that adds interest to its l… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

A Restaurant Glitch

I believe there are several important messages embedded in an odd experience that occurred at a New York restaurant not long ago, which was reported in a sort of amusing manner in an article in Decanter magazine. At the restaurant Balthasar, two … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “A Restaurant Glitch”

Can even very good tasters properly evaluate older wine?

Decades ago, a San Diego wine merchant invited several wine collectors, including one newcomer, to a tasting of red wines that theoretically were supposed to sell for very little money. The tasting of 15 wines “generic reds” (as he called them) repr… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Can even very good tasters properly evaluate older wine?”