By Dan Berger The brief discussion of Pinot Noir in our last issue was an overview of some of the basic topics we should consider when buying wines from that grape and included price as a key element. Since there are about 30 more topics we should… Want to read more? If you’re already a … Continue reading “The Greatness of Pinot Noir: Part 2, Vineyard Designates”
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By Robert Lawrence Balzer (from an unpublished memoir) (Concluding a 1939 Visit to Napa Valley) This follows Balzer’s visit to BV) On that same lovely day in June of 1939, I would drive… to the neighboring Inglenook wine estate to rejoin my… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “A Day at Inglenook”
Parks Redwine, a walking encyclopedia of the post-Prohibition California wine era, and an international wine judge, died at his Atlanta home on June 2 after a lengthy illness. He was 70 and passed away a year to the day after his wife, Emily. I … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “A Sad Note”
This appellation is one of the worst designed of all of the country’s wine-growing districts. To say it is sprawling is to challenge the meaning of the word! It encompasses some lands that are low-lying to the southern and western part of the c… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Sonoma “Coast””
Exceptional 2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre ($32): This stylish, classically scented Loire Sauvignon Blanc has the nose of minerality that some wines from Sancerre lately have lacked. (One wonders if this blandness is intentional.) The entry is cri… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”