Tasting Notes

2016 Rain Dance Estate Riesling, Chehalem Mountains, Nichols Vineyard ($22): What marks this sensational Riesling is an amazingly spiced aroma of jasmine and fresh fennel. The entry is very dry, but the mid-palate shows about 6 grams of r.s. all held… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Explanation of Future Issues

In the last four decades of his life, Robert Lawrence Blazer was a wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a publication that offered him more fame than he had received for the many other star turns he had achieved in his long life. Bal… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Explanation of Future Issues”

An Early Day with André

By Robert Lawrence Balzer Date of event: June 1939 An invitation that I could not refuse came in June of 1939, … the luncheon guest of Madame de Latour, widow of the founder of Beaulieu Vineyard at Rutherford, in the Napa Valley, with her newly… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “An Early Day with André”

Only in America: Ignoring Dry Riesling

By Dan Berger Dry Riesling isn’t more widely appreciated in the United States is not a surprise. It is due in part to the failure of those people who are seen as wine experts, but who show so little enthusiasm for it, even when they write about it… Want to read more? If you’re already … Continue reading “Only in America: Ignoring Dry Riesling”

A Tax Surprise!

WineAmerica is a national association of wineries whose goal, among others, is to keep the industry informed of vital information. It also has many other functions. The following is a verbatim announcement from Wine America president Jim Trezise. … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “A Tax Surprise!”

Tasting Notes

A Few Great Rieslings Exceptional 2015 Von Nell-Breuning Kaseler Dominikanerberg Riesling Kabinett ($19): The aroma is stony with hints of white peach, slightly floral, and the wine has a depth that is hard to imagine from the cooler Ruwer Val… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”