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 →
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 →
A winemaker for one of the foremost names in cult Napa Valley Cabernets packs it up. He ventures further north with his wife to make wines in the uncharted and less prestigious territories of Washington State. Why on earth would someone do that? Todd Alexander, former winemaker of a $500 cult Cabernet Sauvignon from Bryant... Read more →
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 →
Originalist interpretation of Bavaria’s Reinheitsgebot, the beer ‘Purity Law’ instituted 501 years ago, would dictate that nothing should be in your beer outside of water, barley, and hops. Pragmatist interpretation of this law, enacted in the late Middle Ages possibly to benefit Bavarian bakers, might argue that a non-Reinheitsgebot... Read more →
With effulgent notes of red cherry, rose tea and peppery spice, one of my personal favorites of all Italian wine shines through with its brilliance of structure, acidity and silkiness on the palate. Luciano Sandrone is one of the undisputed modern masters of Barolo wine, and the SANDRONE Le Vigne Barolo is a blend of Nebbiolo grapes sourced... Read more →
Our ongoing series on the essential beers that anyone who’s interested in craft beer ought to know. STONE IPA—the O.G. IPA, my first real (beer) love… This is the one that kicked it all off for me— my first “real” IPA, and quite possibly yours too—and my obsession with craft beer. And by real, I mean the sticky, intensely... Read more →
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