The Loire rocks. The white wines they make in this part of France are unlike anywhere else in the world. Once you get used to the names, and they’re not easy—Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Vouvray, Anjou, Muscadet, Montlouis-sur-Loire and Savennières, to name a few—the rewards are great. There is nowhere else in the world where you can find... Read more →
Where in the world does a winery have to deal with a war being fought across the border from their vineyards? If not for the miracle of a cease-fire declared just one day before harvest, they would have lost everything. This is not a story most wineries would tell. But this is the story of Flam. And this is a story of Israel. I meet Gilad... Read more →
Lovers of fine California Cabernets have a reason to be excited about what’s happening. These days, a great Cali Cab can be found in every price range. There isn’t any reasonable person who should expect that a great $20 Cab offers the same pleasures of a great $200 Cab; at the same time, if $20 is what you choose to spend, there’s no... Read more →
Like a steady stock in a volatile market, Gary Farrell Winery has maintained the quality of its brand over the course of 30-plus years. However, the buzz around the brand name became dormant. With new leadership firmly in place, a rising star on the team, and a refreshed vision for the future . . . is a resurgence on the horizon? “What... Read more →
2011 was a nasty year for Bordeaux. The 2012s have now arrived on the shelves in the U.S., and what shall we do? When wine critics use the word “nasty” when referring to a vintage, they’re usually talking about the weather. I am, however, talking about the taste of the wines. Over and over again, I’ve found the red wines of the 2011... Read more →
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