Wonderful! Rich and creamy without being a butterball—vino's answer to 2% versus whole milk, which is, in essence, Santa Barbara versus Napa Valley chardonnay. I find so much of Napa chard to be overwhelming in its ripeness and oak (e.g. Pahlmeyer, Peter Michael and Kongsgaard), I think the best of Santa Barbara County gets it just right.... Read more →
Rich, velvety and friendly—if this were a beauty contest this 2007 vintage EDGE Cabernet Sauvignon gets a 10 for congeniality. And an air of mystery too—because the only known address for this winery is a P.O. box, the guy above-the-line in the whole organization is the Marketing Director, and the winemaker won't identify him/herself... Read more →
Sometimes supreme beauty is beheld from a lens with such purity and perfection that the object comes off cool, standoffish and unapproachable. If there ever is a Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco of American white wines, the 2008 QUINTESSA ILLUMINATION Sauvignon Blanc is she. Crisp, elegant, sophisticated, pristine, gorgeous and regal—the... Read more →
Good wine just isn't meant to be enjoyed in isolation but best when shared. None more so than Tuscan red wines, which capture in a bottle unlike any other the celebratory aspect of everyday living. So, share a delicious SAN POLO Rubio, primarily made of Sangiovese grapes, with those who are dear and for whom you hold great affection in your... Read more →
The BYRON Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard is one of California's great estate-grown Pinots regardless of price, and at $36 it's a relative steal. This was my wine of choice to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary even though I could have easily chosen from my Kistler Chardonnay, Leonetti Cabernet, Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec or Chateau... Read more →
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