If you haven't yet experienced the pleasures of Viognier, you're missing out. Most people of a certain elegance and stature serve Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay before a hosted meal, but Viognier is snazzier, eclectic and more (ahem) nouveau riche. The 2009 VOGELZANG Viognier (now called the Reserve Viognier), the first—and sold out—vintage... Read more →
I'm a big fan of wines from South Africa, and I opened up a 2008 KANONKOP Kadette made from Pinotage, an indigenous red grape of Africa, and other Bordeaux varietals. Delicious! Dry, fruity with thick chocolaty character up front, then a niiiice spicy, peppery finish to give it a fleeting air of the exotic—like being on an African safari... Read more →
Impressionistic as a Van Gogh, the pineapple, apricot and tangerine notes swirl on the palate to an acidic, smoky French oak finish, where every sip discovers something previously unseen. The 2007 MELVILLE Sta. Rita Hills Estate Chardonnay is such non-linear art—highly subjective, its beauty revealing unexpected things to the eye of the... Read more →
How many great things in life can you get for 8 bucks? C'mon, a friggin' large-size Chicken McNugget meal is 8 bucks. You can't even get into a crappy summer blockbuster at the movie theater for 8 bucks—just the large tub of popcorn with fake butter. But 8 bucks will get you a BORSAO Garnacha. What's a Garnacha?—just a delicious, ripe,... Read more →
This is the wine that hooked me on wine nearly 20 years ago. It set the standard for $20 Chardonnay back then, and it says a lot for the consistency of this Sonoma County stalwart winery that its 2009 LANDMARK Overlook Chardonnay still upholds a standard now. A masterful blend of grapes from Sonoma to the Russian River on down to Santa... Read more →
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