Alcohol Intrusion

Having been on an anti-high-alcohol crusade for the last 20 years or more, I have often faced people who criticize my constant harping on the issues that most negatively impact many wines,  not the least of which is the alcohol. The main pro… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Alcohol Intrusion”

Are Sub-Appellations Necessary?

POPE VALLEY, Calif.–The appellation on a bottle of wine is supposed to convey details that help consumers. But when do-gooders offer proposals that “improve” the system, the results can confuse consumers. At least one issue has been going on for… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Are Sub-Appellations Necessary?”

Bannister is Back

In the mid-1970s, Mary Ann Graf and her business partner, Marty Bannister founded Vinquiry as a sophisticated wine laboratory analysis company in Healdsburg. Both winemakers had a strong background in chemistry, and what the company did to assis… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t … Continue reading “Bannister is Back”

Tip of the Month

Tip 2017 Wagner-Stempel Rosé Trocken, Rheinhessen ($11.99) for signed-up members of K&L (San Francisco). This sensational dry German pink wine had been $17, and the 2018 is already out at that price. Sign up (no fee) at www.klwines.com. The 2… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tip of the Month”

Wine of the Month

2017 Domaine de Beauregard Muscadet, Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie ($11.95) at Woodland Hills Wine Co. https://www.whwc. You may not find a more typical example of this wine at any price. Dried flowers, tea, minerals, salt air, and a hint of anise delivere… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Wine of the Month”

Prevalence of Cork Taint

Perhaps nothing in the wine world is more disappointing than when a bottle of wine that consumers have high hopes for is ruined by cork taint. Through the 1990s, the problem was widely discussed, which soon led to a solution of sorts (the screwca… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Prevalence of Cork Taint”

Tension and the Flaw of Perfection

By Dan Berger Anyone who asserts that the greatest wines in the world are flawless may be creating an unattainable target. It may seem logical to assume that truly great wines must have no flaws. But what if, within the context of universally acc… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Tension and the Flaw of Perfection”

Bargain

Bargain 2016 Dopf & Irion Crustaces, Alsace ($13): Anyone who really likes dry wine with sufficient crispness to work with unadorned shellfish should adore this wine, which sort of reminds me a little of Muscadet. It is fresh, charmingly aust… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Bargain”

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”