I love bright and fresh Italian white wines from the Abruzzo region of Central Italy (somewhere between the ankle and the calf of the "boot"). Chances are you've overlooked this part of the world, or take it for granted. Maybe because Pinot Grigio up north in Alto Adige and Friuli, like pretty cheerleaders, always win the popularity contest.... Read more →
This was a surprise. Sure, Raymond Vineyards is known for their Merlots, which are ubiquitous on store shelves and on restaurant wine lists—but this often signals a turning point in the life of a winery where soulless machines are taking over the heart and soul of the winemaking to meet production demand. So, imagine my surprise to find... Read more →
An entirely unique red wine native to Austria that's on the cutting edge of the new world, the 2008 ZANTHO Zweigelt gives me a thrill up my leg (cue Led Zeppelin's "You Shook Me"). Seductive, fleshy, soft and dry—its visage is a sexy garnet, on the nose a whiff of cherry, and next the palate succumbs to its delicate caresses and soft... Read more →
Expectations are tempered down for the 2011 vintage in California, widely acknowledged as a “tricky” vintage. However, as with all tough vintages, some wineries find a way to shine and outperform their rivals—and we've come across several incredibly impressive wines that are more than worthy of your attention and purchasing power. We... Read more →
I believe FOLEY ESTATES is one of the great makers of white wines in America. The winery’s entry level 2008 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is a real beauty. I've tasted at least six other higher-priced Foley chards, so don't let the "entry level" label fool you—it's world class. A crowd-pleaser, so rich, so juicy and flavorful, and so... Read more →
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