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 →
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 →
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