The Platinum

PASCO, Wash. — My annual trek to the Pacific Northwest in late October always is an enjoyable one, even though it involves some dedicated work: three days of judging wine. Under normal circumstances, three full days like this can be tiresome, not… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “The Platinum”

Tasting Notes

(Commentator’s note: Those misguided souls who think price relates to quality may find that there is a curious disconnect in the Tasting Notes below. Some of these wines are low-priced. This does not mean the quality is less than Exceptional. They ha… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tip of the Week

Grocery Outlet stores continue to offer some remarkable deals, and some stores are even having a 20% off sale starting in early November. However, even without a sale, some of the wines cry out for purchase now. Glen Fiona is a Washington state… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Tip of the Week”

The Best Pinot Maker in America?

Since I don’t use scores to evaluate wine, for so many reasons it’s hard to recount them, I can only reflect on the absolute consistency of some of America’s greatest Pinot Noir producers. For such an iconic wine, this is not and easy task. There … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “The Best Pinot Maker in America?”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2014 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Freestone Hill Vineyard ($72): Audacious and as impudent as it ever is, the wild spice components, the traces of cranberry amid the lush raspberry and wild strawberry notes, the p… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”