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 →
We highly recommend the following wines we’ve recently tasted/sampled—which all made us go, “That’s REALLY GOOD!”—and have added them to our Really Good Wine List. AUSTRALIA Alpha Box & Dice “Golden Mullet Fury” Orange Wine (McLaren Vale, $25) Alpha Box & Dice “Zaptung” Glera Sparkling Wine... Read more →
A great Napa Valley, California, bubbly for the money that doesn’t try to be Champagne. Unapologetically and comparatively bold, dense, ripe, flavorful and creamy. An oh-so-refined Francophile may scoff at this choice, but oh well, que pouvez-vous fair? DOMAINE CHANDON is a sister outfit to the Champagne house that everyone knows, Moët and... Read more →
Our ongoing series on the essential craft beers that everyone ought to know. Ask any ten beer lovers for a list of their favorite IPAs and, chances are, after some gentle disagreements, you can get them to agree on FIRESTONE WALKER’s Union Jack. From its humble beginnings in a shed on Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos,... Read more →
The turn of the 21st Century brought about a remarkable vintage for sweet white wines in Bordeaux. The year 2001 also brought upon the downfall of Enron, the launch of Wikipedia, the introduction of Apple’s iPod and the first Harry Potter movie. Clearly, remarkable times that set the tone for what was, and is, to come. As the year 2017... Read more →
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