Italian Wines of Character

Don Chigazola is to Italy what Kermit Lynch became to France, and although there are many of those who have discovered Italian wines over the last few decades, what Don has done differs from Lynch in a key way. Where Lynch pioneered some of the ba… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Italian Wines of Character”

Tasting Notes

2010 Vigna Traverso Schioppettino, Friuli Colli Orientali DOC ($30): This is a star red wine for Don Chigazola, and one that no serious wine lover should miss! The cold-climate aroma of black pepper and violets expands with air to show off dried blac… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 2012 NXNW Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills (dry), normally $16. King estate is one of Oregon’s top wine producers, with a national reputation for excellent Pinot Gris. In 2005, the company expanded into Washington state, opening… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tip of the Week”

Labor Shortage

One untold story of the California wine industry as this 2016 harvest comes to a close relates to the labor shortage that has impacted smaller producers in difficult way. One small Mendocino County wine maker related to me last week that it was on… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Labor Shortage”

The price of great Pinot Noir

This article is about the price of great Pinot Noir, but starts with an object lesson from a variety and a region we all know all too well. It starts with Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and its day of reckoning in regard to pricing. The gradual inc… Want to read more? If you’re already a … Continue reading “The price of great Pinot Noir”

The Price of Pinot

A few of our readers, notably those who seem to appreciate top quality Pinot Noir and appear prepared to spend top dollar for the best, have noted that a few higher-end California producers have, over the last two years or so, raised prices. Some sig… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “The Price of Pinot”