Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2019 Textbook Merlot, Napa Valley ($27) – This gorgeous example of a well-balanced (pH 3.69) Merlot is succulent and loaded with Merlot aromas of dried tea, black cherries, and a trace of olives. It has richness but is perfectly made t… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Wine Prices and the Euro

In the last 25 years, imported wine has become fascinating for many American wine lovers. Starting about 2003, we began buying more imported wines than in any prior year, and one reason was that Millennial wine lovers, who were just reaching the drin… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Wine Prices and the Euro”

Paying to Play?

Not a single Sonoma County wine appears in the Wine Spectator’s list of top 100 wines for 2022. Under no circumstances should someone assume that something is screwy here. But most people may draw that conclusion after reading what follows. App… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Paying to Play?”

Liking the Unlikeable

By Dan Berger More than 40 years ago, during a blind tasting of 12 Cabernets, I loved a unique wine for which no one else could even muster a mild compliment. It was definitely unusual, but there was something compellingly interesting about its od… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Liking the Unlikeable”

The Winemakers’ Dilemma

There are two basic types of winemakers in the United States and the kind of businesses they work for determines to a great degree the style of wines they tend to make. Some larger wine companies opt for the ultra-conservative that relies on the noti… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “The Winemakers’ Dilemma”

FLASH: Special Purchase

Just three days remain for the special sale, 20% off all wines, at Grocery Outlet stores. I am not certain how many stores will be carrying this wine but it is an exceptional value: 2013 Kenneth Volk Touriga Nacional, Paso Roble, Pomar Junction Vi… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “FLASH: Special Purchase”

Wine of the Week

2021 Singing Tree Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($22): This is one of the finest values in Chardonnay from California that you can find in today’s market. Fresh and fruit–liltingly appealing, the aroma is distinctively Russian River Valley and the… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Looking Back at Two-Buck Chuck

(Note Nineteen years ago, I wrote an article for the California Grapevine, which recently ceased publication after more than 30 years! It was an essay about what the future held for inexpensive wine in California. That article is reproduced here with… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Looking Back at Two-Buck Chuck”

Wine Descriptions

Describing what a particular wine tastes like is an art form that isn’t taught in any school and is best created by those with an exalted sense of the absurd. I know. It’s my life. (Absurdity, that is.) I have seen wine reviewers who wax so poetic th… Want to read more? If you’re already … Continue reading “Wine Descriptions”