Robert Lawrence Balzer Memoir

My First Professional Wine Judging Another chapter in the 99-year life of the Los Angeles Times wine writer. My First Wine Competition, 1947 It was the first year, post-WW II, for the now famous Los Angeles County Fair Wine Judging in Pomon… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Robert Lawrence Balzer Memoir”

Wine of the Week

2015 Hexamer Grauburgunder “Vom Porphyr,” Trocken, Nahe ($19): If you ever wanted to embarrass a wine expert you know (especially those who often are pathetically egotistic about their wine knowledge), this is the perfect wine and you need not do any… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargain of the Week

2017 Franz Etz Grüner Veltliner, Austria ($13/1 liter): Grüner (as this wine’s front label calls itself, without the Veltliner) is a minerally grape that can make a very dry white wine. From its native Austria, it seems to be prized when it is richly… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

Bargain Alert

‘Green Beans’ on Sale Some Grocery Outlet stores are carrying two closeout wines that are excellent values worth trying—especially if you don’t mind a bit of green! If you like either one or both, they are worth stocking up on. –2015 Trinity H… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Bargain Alert”

Wine of the Week

2016 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, “Vineyard Selection” ($24): it seems like I am forever seeking Cabernet Sauvignons that smell like the grape and deliver some of the structure I believe is necessary for it to work with food. Many high-fal… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Wine of the Week”

Bargain of the Week

2015 Torres Sangre de Toro, Catalonia ($9): This old favorite red wine from Spain once was blended and based on Grenache. It has always been a great value. It’s relatively rare when such a wine gets better and better, but this particular vintage of T… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Bargain of the Week”

On ‘Greatness’

By Dan Berger If you were to truly dissect the 100-point scoring schema, the most popular way of describing various wines’ quality levels, it quickly becomes clear that you’d run into some particularly nasty paradoxes. Any one of these could ea… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “On ‘Greatness’”

From the Unpublished Memoirs of Robert Lawrence Balzer

From 1961 Once in a blue moon, one encounters a golden wine from California that approaches the pulse-quickening majesty of the great French Montrachet. Ken Hansen, the taciturn Boniface of the famed Scandia Restaurant in Los Angeles, approached m… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “From the Unpublished Memoirs of Robert Lawrence Balzer”

Argyle on the Rise

Oregon’s Argyle Vineyards has been one of the state’s best with winemaker Rollin Soles as its style-setter and craftsman. In the last year, several new releases have begun to show how Soles’ vision is being carried out by his hand-picked successor… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Argyle on the Rise”