Great Wine: Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvee

$40 - $60CaliforniaSonomaSparkling WineWine Reviews
Gorgeous bubbly. Beautiful golden hue like the California sun and bubbles like froth from ocean waves washing along the coastline after crashing through the Big Sur rocks. This is a California beauty—5 foot 9 blonde with blue eyes, legs that won’t quit, effervescent personality with an ample chest. You can’t call it Champagne over here... Read more →

Why is Wine So Damn Expensive?

Wine 101 & 102
There's only two kinds of winemakers: 1) those who care more about making money, and 2) those who care more about making grapes. The first kind is trying to sell you a bottle of wine for $6.99, and the second kind is trying to sell you a bottle for $35. That's a gross generalization, and it seems counter intuitive, but there's truth in... Read more →

Great Wine: Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon

$19.99 or LessCabernet SauvignonCaliforniaCentral CoastPaso RoblesRedWine Reviews
Like the fabled bluesman Robert Johnson who sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads so he could make the profound music he left behind, the winemakers of this 2008 LIBERTY SCHOOL Cabernet Sauvignon must have done the same, because there’s no other explanation why a $13 bottle of Cab could be this damn good. Don’t be fooled by the... Read more →

Great Wine: Emilio Moro Ribera Del Duero

$20 - $40RedRibera Del DueroSpainTempranilloWine Reviews
Every element has come together in the 2007 EMILIO MORO Ribera Del Duero for a successful night of seduction: smooth confidence, silky demeanor, masculine musk, and a certain foreign mysteriousness. Designed to turn even the whitest of would-be Romeos into Latin lotharios, share several glasses of this bottle with that object of desire... Read more →

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 →