Napa Cabernet: Pricing Itself out of the Market?

More than 30 years ago I wrote an article in the San Diego Union newspaper that pointed it out that the Napa Valley clearly was growing the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the country, and that at the time only about 40% of Napa’s vineyard land was plante… Want to read more? If you’re already a … Continue reading “Napa Cabernet: Pricing Itself out of the Market?”

Tasting Notes

Exceptional 2015 Pine Ridge Chardonnay, Carneros, “Dijon Clones” ($38): Made by wine maker Michael Beaulac to emulate White Burgundy, this dramatic wine delivers in what I regard as subtly offering an object lesson in how to structure a cooler cli… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Will Dry Rosé Lead us Back to Red-Wine Sanity?

Pink is in. We all know that. But more importantly for red wine lovers, the current wave of excitement for rosé may actually have a beneficial impact on red wine production. This could result, in a decade or so, solving the problem of excessive al… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “Will Dry Rosé Lead us Back to Red-Wine Sanity?”

Alcohol Matters in Old Reds

When I see 14.5% alcohol on the label of highfalutin’ (expensive) red wine these days, I assume (cynic that I am) that the winery is intentionally lying, and that what’s inside the bottle is closer to 17% (or more). But with wines of the past? Tha… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Alcohol Matters in Old Reds”