Bargains of the Week

2020 Rive Sud Pinot Noir  “Fruitage,” Pays d’Oc ($12): This is a dry rosé with elegant and delicate fruit aromas of watermelon, strawberry, and a bit of citrus. The entry is dry, but the wine’s structure is based on 13% alcohol, so it has a tiny bit… Want to read more? If you’re already a … Continue reading “Bargains of the Week”

Wine of the Week

2018 Post Scriptum de Chryseia, Douro ($24) – Portuguese red wines are coming of age, and here is a gorgeous red example — and a real value. A partnership between Bruno Prats of Bordeaux (Château Cos-d’Estournel) and the Symington family of Port fa… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2018 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Morisoli Vineyard ($125, see next wine): Some readers of this publication may find this review to be a little odd in view of the price that I list for this wine. However, I co… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

News Notes

  Australia has been engaged in an internecine trade war with China for at least the last year, and the result has been an almost complete halt to Australian wine going into China. Despite Australia’s horrendous bushfires, it has continued t… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “News Notes”

Jeff Runquist on Alcohols

The brilliant Sierra Foothills winemaker Jeff Runquist is very concerned about a trend in this country toward high alcohols in red wines. “I prefer to pick at 23 or 24 Brix, where I can make a  balanced wine,” he said.  One way to ach… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Jeff Runquist on Alcohols”

Peterson on Cabernet

At the 90th birthday celebration a few weeks back that was staged at Chateau Montelena in Calistoga for Dr. Richard Peterson,  I got the chatting with him as well as several other icons of the wine industry who happened to be there,  including chef… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Peterson on Cabernet”

Are Expensive Wines Better?

A group of scientists has conducted yet another analysis of the impression people get of wines when they do not know much about the subject and then are lied to about it.  Several people were given wines to taste and were told nothing about … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Are Expensive Wines Better?”

News Notes

Clos duBois, Sebastiani *Shuttered Following the acquisition of the Clos du Bois brand from Constellation, Gallo has closed the large Geyserville winemaking facility and fired all of its staff. A similar fate occurred days later at Sebastiani ea… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “News Notes”