Pretty label, but how’s the wine? It’s a real find. The wine equivalent of a travel blogger posting a selfie from a place you’ve never heard of. And your reaction is: “I’d like to go there.” That place is Priorat—a ruggedly picturesque, small wine region south of Barcelona, Spain, and below the French border. This wine from... Read more →
Oak smells good. Bourbon smells good. Fermented sugar water extracted from deeply roasted barley smells good. Certain Cannibaceae family members smell good. Combine them in judicious yet balanced measures, and—behold!—the greatest aroma known to any human. Although putting beer into oak barrels is not a radical idea (see John’s... Read more →
A very distinctive and fun white wine, with a ton of Spanish character, that’s truly a bargain. From maybe the greatest region in the world for highest-quality-to-low-price wines—Rioja—all that’s required is an adventurous palate and a willingness to try something you may not have heard of. As a prime example, this 2016 Blanco... Read more →
Ridiculously and amazingly rich, the brand new PRESCRIPTION Chardonnay is virtually a slap-in-the-face to moderation and modesty. This is no ordinary Chard. Unchilled, put your nose to the rim, and what you get is a decadent whirl of apricot preserves, honey, ripe peach, yellow flowers and a hint of ginger. For fans of the Bordeaux... Read more →
Great $15 Cabs belong in an elite club that everyone wants to belong to. It’s hard to do—making an affordable Cab that’s not too sweet, doesn’t taste artificial, doesn’t have a hard edge or doesn’t overwhelm the senses like a sledgehammer to a nine-inch nail. One whiff of the 2015 SUBSTANCE Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington... Read more →
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