Bargain of the Week

 2018 Marichal Tannat, Uruguay ($15): This wine designated “Collection,” is remarkably well put together, with plum and cherry aromatics, and a slight hint of rustic-ness that gives the wine even more personality after it has been decanted. Tannat is… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

Wine of the Week

2021 Nissan Verdejo, Rueda “Old Vines” ($17): Verdejo may well be Spain’s most important white wine grape variety. Here, the exemplary handling allows the wine to display not only citrus and subtle spices but a slightly iron ore kind of minerality in… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Tasting Notes

​​Exceptional 2014 Cazadero Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Coast, “Bei Vineyard” ($49): The beautiful, distinctly varietal aroma starts with traces of dried herbs mingled with black cherry and graphite. In the mid-palate, it’s supple with sufficient tan… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a subscriber, sign … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Random Statistic without comment

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Average Brix at Harvest, by vintage (approximate) 1988    22.5 1989    23.2 1990    22.6 1991    23.6 1992    22.7 1993    22.6 1994    23.1 1995    22.6 1996    23.1 1997    23.0 199… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a subscriber, sign up here to get … Continue reading “Random Statistic without comment”

News of interest?

Jack Daniels recently announced that it was releasing its highest-alcohol whisky, at  77.5% alcohol. In today’s very strange world of commercial alcoholic beverages, I question whether this product is needed. But since Jack Daniels is one of the mo… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “News of interest?”

Ripening Grapes

One of the tactics that have been used throughout the wine industry by wineries over the last 25 years or so is to allow some grape varieties, particularly those that make red wines, to stay on the vine longer than is absolutely necessary – well past… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Ripening Grapes”

Wine-and-Health Articles Often Fuel Skeptics

 If some scientific study ever proved that orange juice cured cancer, that fact would have been trumpeted to the world. Tropicana would have spent massive sums on Super Bowl TV ads, billboards, and T-shirts.  But after the Danish/Alzheimers study … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Wine-and-Health Articles Often Fuel Skeptics”

Prohibition and Health

It has been 102½ years since the nation began the disastrous experiment we call Prohibition, a nightmarish attempt to legislate morality — a legal tactic that most law scholars think is foolhardy.  A superb 2010 book on the subject of Prohibition… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Prohibition and Health”