Great Wine: Alma Rosa Chardonnay El Jabali Vineyard

$20 - $40CaliforniaChardonnayOrganic/BiodynamicSanta BarbaraWhiteWine Reviews
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 →

Great Wine: Edge Cabernet Sauvignon

$19.99 or LessCabernet SauvignonCaliforniaNapaRedWine Reviews
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 →

Great Wine: Quintessa Illumination Sauvignon Blanc

$20 - $40CaliforniaNapaSauvignon BlancWhiteWine Reviews
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 →

Great Wine: Byron Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard

$20 - $40CaliforniaPinot NoirRedSanta BarbaraWine Reviews
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 →