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”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional A Great Pinot 2017 Alquimista Cellars Pinot Noir, Sonoma Mountain, Van der Kamp Vineyard ($71): I realize that the price is high, but Greg LaFollette is one of the greatest winemakers in California and the attention to detail that … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

More than One Kind of Acid

When a newcomer tastes a wine that someone just gave 98 points to, often it is a wine that also likely sells for an outrageous sum of money. Invariably the wine (especially if it’s from California) is soft, plush,  succulent, and lower in acidity th… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “More than One Kind of Acid”

Italian Whites: Sales Soar

Most buyers of Italian wines who are prepared to spend a little bit more than the average modest $6 Pinot Grigio or $7 Chianti are more conversant with the better wines of Italy and are primarily love the red wines a lot more than the whites. How… Want to read more? If you’re already a … Continue reading “Italian Whites: Sales Soar”

A Look Back: 1992

(The following article appeared in The Los Angeles Times in late 1992 and is reprinted here verbatim.) By Dan Berger Los Angeles Times Wine Columnist SANTA MARIA — The scientists at almost any major enology school would cringe if … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “A Look Back: 1992”