New & Current Releases from Winemaker Jesse Katz | March 2018

$40 - $60$60 +Alexander ValleyCabernet SauvignonFeaturedSauvignon BlancSonomaWine Tastings
People are getting woke to Jesse Katz.     When the winemaker extraordinaire sets the world record for most expensive bottle ever sold—a custom blend of The Setting Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, at $350,000 in November of 2017—it’s like an explosion in the collective consciousness of the wine community that... Read more →

Great Wine: Valderiz Ribera del Duero

$20 - $40Organic/BiodynamicRedRibera Del DueroSpainTempranilloWine Reviews
Dark toned, big, plump, rich and concentrated—and with a hint of a bit of a tortured soul—this Ribera Del Duero red wine is the equivalent of a Francisco Goya painting. The organic 2014 VALDERIZ is broad strokes of very ripe dark plum, black currant, dark chocolate, tar, black pepper and savory spices. The wine’s powerful, broad... Read more →

HIDDEN NAPA VALLEY | Smith-Madrone Winery

$20 - $40$40 - $60Cabernet SauvignonChardonnayFeaturedNapaRieslingWine Tastings
Are we out of line for calling Smith-Madrone a “hidden” winery of Napa Valley, considering it was established in 1971? No, not until the world recognizes there may not be a better $50 Napa Cab for the money than Smith-Madrone’s. Not to mention they also produce one of America’s most essential white wines.    What the heck... Read more →

GREAT CHAMPAGNES 2018 | Our Picks to Enjoy All Year Long

$40 - $60$60 +ChampagneFeaturedFranceWine Tastings
New Year’s Eve will have come and gone in a flash, but that’s no reason to stop drinking Champagne.   The special occasion, French bubbly made from Chardonnay and/or Pinot Noir grapes (and also, sometimes, Pinot Meunier) is the perfect drink of choice to ring out a year 2017 that was the most divisive in America’s history since... Read more →

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

FeaturedOregonPinot NoirWine Tastings
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

$19.99 or Less$20 - $40FeaturedOregonPinot NoirPREMIUMWine Tastings
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 →