Great Wine: Coho Merlot Michael Black Vineyard

$40 - $60CaliforniaMerlotNapaRedWine Reviews
The best Merlots in the world are made on the right bank of the Gironde river in French Bordeaux, but the made-in-America 2005 COHO Merlot Michael Black Vineyard takes imitation as a most serious form of flattery. It’s got the complex tannins, velvety mouthfeel, and robust fruit that’s characteristic of great Pomerols and St.-Emilions,... Read more →

Great Wine: Domaine du Grand Montmirail Vacqueyras

$20 - $40FranceRedRhone BlendSouthern RhoneWine Reviews
This one was recommended to me by a Frenchman at the wine store. He smacked his lips along with a very French hand gesture and said the 2010 DOMAINE DU GRAND MONTMIRAIL Vacqueyras was "beautiful" and as good as much higher priced Chateauneuf du Pape. He was right. After all, the French are always right—so I should have never doubted him.... Read more →

Great Values: Wines from Argentina and Chile

$19.99 or Less$20 - $40ArgentinaChileMalbecWine Tastings
We travel to South America for robust, fruity, food friendly and crowd pleasing wines, red and white. Reds from this part of the world have gained significant popularity with consumers over the last decade, especially Argentinian Malbec, but don’t overlook the lesser known, exotic whites which are worth digging a little deeper to find. Wine... Read more →

Great Wine: Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco

$19.99 or LessCentral ItalyItalyRedSparkling WineWine Reviews
Wow. What a find. The CLETO CHIARLI Vecchia Modena Lambrusco ain't your old school cheapshit skank Lambrusco. This coral red, bubbly and sharply mineral grapejuice is from the new school—so vibrant on the nose, so provocative and effervescent on the tongue with its red berry, flint, and woodsy accents  . . . polished, sleek,... Read more →