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 →
If you want to make an impression as a relative startup in the California winemaking business, start by making two great Viogniers. That’s what Workman Ayer, whose production facilities are located in Santa Barbara, has done. The first one, called “Ipso Facto,” is a quintessential California Central Coast’s take on this... Read more →
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 →
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 →
What are the best wines available right now? Here’s a carefully curated list of the best new wines from around the globe that we’ve come across recently. This edition focuses on currently available releases from Italy. We rate the following wines 90 points or higher and recommend them without an ounce of hesitation while... Read more →
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