America’s Greatest Pinot Noirs for $30 and Under | OREGON EDITION

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It’s no secret anymore: Oregon—especially Oregon’s Willamette Valley—is a treasure trove of great Pinot Noirs. What many don’t know, however, is that for those who are money conscious when it comes to purchases of wine (and if this isn’t you, bless you—please continue enjoying your La Tâche and let us know how it is), Oregon,... Read more →

REVIEWS: Oregon’s Greatest Pinot Noirs for $30 and Under

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A companion to our feature article, “America’s Greatest Pinot Noirs for $30 and Under | OREGON EDITION.”   We’re searching for America’s best and affordable Pinot Noirs, and started our search in Oregon. We found 26 that we love and recommend wholeheartedly.  Here’s our list, and reviews of each wine follow, below.... Read more →

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It’s not much of a stretch to put Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties on the short list of the most beautiful places on earth. Mountains, ocean, farms, pastures, vineyards, impossibly steep potholed roads, blue skies unhurriedly flowing into gorgeous sunsets—that’s Northern California wine and beer country. The devastating fires that... Read more →

GARY FARRELL | Wine Reviews – New Releases: Sept. 2017

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Reviews of new wines from Gary Farrell, released in Summer 2017:      A truly superb batch of wines from this stalwart Russian River Valley winery that’s clearly on a roll makes us excited about what the 2015 vintage in northern California will bring. Exceptional balance, fruit quality and depth of expression—and,... Read more →

APERTURE | Wine Reviews – New Releases: Sept. 2017

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It’s been a seriously good streak of momentum and mojo for Alexander Valley-based winemaker Jesse Katz since the last time we caught up. Let’s see… his wines are now on the menu at Napa’s The French Laundry, Healdsburg’s Single Thread, and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Spago Singapore… was recently featured in the Bay Area’s The... Read more →

FORCE MAJEURE | Reviews of Current Wine Releases: 2014 Vintage

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The estate vineyard of Force Majeure winery is located in Washington State’s Red Mountain winegrowing region. The majority of Washington wine production comes out of the southeast end of the state—over the Cascade mountains and far from that booming city called Seattle where a few of the most well-known tech billionaires live.  Vineyards... Read more →

Great Wine: Anne Sophie Dubois “Clepsydre” Fleurie (Beaujolais)

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The Gamay grape is a distant cousin of Pinot Noir, as it shares some of the latter’s DNA, but taste-wise the two are just about close enough to be kissing cousins. There is no place in the world more focused on one grape variety than the wine region of Beaujolais, caught between Burgundy and the Rhone—and Beaujolais does Gamay like... Read more →

Great Wine: Ridge Lytton Springs

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A wine that speaks with as distinctive a voice as Vin Scully calling a Dodger game. Are there many more things as American as that? Truly, as characterful and engaging a proprietary Sonoma blend that you’ll ever find—the 2015 is a makeup of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane and 2% Mourvedre, all from the Dry Creek Valley. And... Read more →