Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week 2016 Home Field Red Blend, Dry Creek Valley ($25): Former Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia’s son, Adam, is the winemaker for the family project located in Dry Creek, and his first red blend is this delightful effort that leads off w… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargains of the Week

2017 Billi Billi Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran ($15): Anyone who is a fan of cold-climate Syrah and who does not already know about this distinctive Australian district located well northwest of Melbourne should immediately shift gears and go after at … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Bargains of the Week”

Chardonnay: Better Than Ever

By Dan Berger Most wine lovers in this country believe Chardonnay in this country came of age more than 40 years ago. I believe it’s actually happening now. It’s my thesis that until recently, U.S. winemakers were on a slow, steady learning curve… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Chardonnay: Better Than Ever”

Murphy Reappears!

It never fails: You save a bottle of wine for a special event, perhaps one that’s decades in the cellar, and when you finally pull the cork, the wine is more than a disappointment: It’s corked. Murphy has struck again. We’ve all heard of Murphy’s… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Murphy Reappears!”

Bargain of the Week

2016 Andre Brunel Côtes do Rhône Villages, La Sabine ($17): Most red wines with this designation have a rustic or “farmyard” sort of personality, but the dramatic fruit of cranberry and black cherry (Grenache?) combined with very attractive succulen… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

A Winemaker’s View of PN

By Rob Davis Many winemakers I have met really do not understand Pinot Noir — since they try to make it into something it is not.  They will manipulate the fermentation to extract as much color as possible, thinking that the tannin level… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “A Winemaker’s View of PN”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2015 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60): One of my pet peeves about Cabernet Sauvignon is how difficult it can be to deal with its natural proclivity to make wines that have excessive tannins. Some tannins? Fine. Too much? A… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”