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From the Unpublished Memoirs of Robert Lawrence Balzer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 If you … Continue reading “From the Unpublished Memoirs of Robert Lawrence Balzer”

Visiting Wine Country 1949

Another episode from Robert Lawrence Balzer’s unpublished memoir, (closing date: January 2018) Birthday No. 37 on June 25, 1949, initiated another trip to the California wine country, with dinner on that Saturday night with Lilian Fontaine at our … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Visiting Wine Country 1949”

A New Designation for New Zealand

Wine consumers soon may be confronted with a new designation on labels from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Already one of the world’s most recognizable and reliable wine regions, it had been in peril of losing that identity as many Sauvignon Bl… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “A New Designation for New Zealand”