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 →
Why 13? Because 100 is too damn many. Because 13 is more satisfying than 10 or 12. Because we believe, like the Chinese do, the number 13 is a fortuitous one. We don’t taste 10,000 wines in a year like the major wine critics do, but we have tasted over 1,000 wines in 2015. And we feel that’s enough to give you the names of 13 wines that... Read more →
If the history of wine could be made into a movie western, David Ramey would be the maverick of the American West. “I’m a winemaker. It’s all I’ve ever done as a grownup.” says David Ramey in his signature off-handed way as we sit down to discuss his revered winery of 20 years, Ramey Wine Cellars. And sitting before us, a... Read more →
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