August 8, 2019

A Great Red and a Great White from a Master

Charles Smith is an amazing wine maker. His reds, and especially his Syrahs, are legendary, with some fetching $250/bottle. But let’s focus on some of his other wines, starting with [...]
August 1, 2019

Fabulous wine. Iconic vintner. How much?

Ask any wine geek, “Who makes the best zinfandel?” and the answer will almost always come back, “Turley.” And if you ask who makes the best [...]
July 25, 2019

The Single Best Source of Value Wine in the U.S.

Cameron Hughes is a wine negotiant; i.e., he blends other vintners’ “juice” and bottles the result with his label, or he bottles others’ finished/blended wine [...]
July 18, 2019

Mas Donis

Almost-too-good-to-be-true Garnacha/Syrah red blend from Spain for how much? You’ve just got to be kidding! [...]
July 11, 2019

Two for the Money!

Jean-Marc Lafage is an incredible wine maker, first, because his wines are SO good, and, second, because they offer extraordinary value. Let's start with [...]
July 4, 2019

Wine Tool Kit

It doesn’t take all that much money to have just about everything you need to support a wine predilection in fine style. From my viewpoint, you need four tools only, and you can [...]
June 27, 2019

One of the Best Red Wine Bargains on the Planet

I’ve been buying Jeff Carrel’s Les Darons for ten years or so. It is unquestionably one of the [...]
June 21, 2019

Two Great White Wines for SO Little!

A lot of white wines are inexpensive and deserve to be. A few are great, but still are available for a song. Here are two I love, starting with [...]
May 23, 2019

Wine Tricks

So you open a bottle of red wine and don’t finish it. Maybe you’ll drink some more in two or three days; maybe you won’t. You can go out [...]