The Lightness of Burgundy

Volume XXIV Issue 1 The Unbelievable Lightness of Being Burgundy Star winemaker David Ramey and I aren’t sure which of us stole this one from the other, but on my radio show recently (KSRO 1350 AM, every Wednesday evening, 5-6), I said somethi… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “The Lightness of Burgundy”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2016 Halleck Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Clone 828 ($65): Red fruit and complexity dance hand in hand around a central core of deep fruit, but the wine’s greatest attribute is its lightness, along with superb balance of acidity… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Robert Lawrence Balzer, Memoir Excerpt

From the unpublished memoir Note: Wine columnist, grocer, Army Air Force pilot, restaurateur, artist, and bon vivant Robert Lawrence Balzer first wrote his regular wine column in January of 1939 for the Hollywood Citizen News, a small newspaper t… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Robert Lawrence Balzer, Memoir Excerpt”

Bargain

2018 The Larsen Projekt Grenache Rosé, Dry Rosé, Dry Creek Valley ($20): most of our learning long-term readers know of my passion for almost completely dry (drry) pink wine,  and this wine really delivers the Completely fascinating aromatic with th… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Bargain”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2014 Halleck Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, “The Farm” ($75): As most readers know, we only write about relatively expensive wines when there is a truly exceptional effort made to capture unique qualities. In this particular case, … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Bargain of the Week

2017 La Pepie Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie ($15): For those of us who simply adore completely dry white wine (not to mention the driest of rosés), Muscadet has been a relative refuge for us. Once upon a time all Muscadets were completely dry,… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

Wine of the Week

2013 M. Chapoutier Domaine Tournon Shiraz, Mathilda, Victoria ($15): Cool climate Shiraz can be a delightful alternative to the higher-climate Shiraz (Barossa Valley?) and in Australia, there is no better district then northern Victoria to find clas… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Wine ‘Analysis’

 “We like best that to which we have become accustomed.” — Louis M. Martini This is one of the key points to keep in mind when looking at any story about the overwhelmingly complicated subject of wine quality (or is it style?) as it … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Wine ‘Analysis’”

A Special Tasting

An open tasting with Theresa Heredia, winemaker for Gary Farrell Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Evaluation was done several weeks ago with the winemaker. All wines are from the 2015 vintage (still available at the winery, a few at better wine… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “A Special Tasting”