April 2, 2020

2018 Kung Fu Girl

The 2019 vintage of this beauty may be available by the time you read this, but – even so – the 2018 should get you through the spring and summer in good shape. [...]
March 26, 2020

Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

California’s North Coast – also known as the Redwood Empire – is an area between San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border, including Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties. The winery[...]
March 18, 2020

2017 Tournon Mathilda Shiraz

Michel Chapoutier is one of planet Earth’s finest winemakers, with offerings that run the pricing gamut, all the way up to $500+/bottle. Even the least expensive are really[...]
March 12, 2020

Bacchus Pinot Noir Ginger’s Cuvee 2018: Mmmm Mmmm Good!

This is not a high-end, refined Pinot Noir that one tries to explain with multiple metaphors and similes. It’s uncomplicated, but hardly monotonous.[...]
March 6, 2020

Allan Scott Family Winemakers Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Yes! This wine is something to crow about, even for young crows. It’s not one of the typical New Zealand “Sauv Blancs” I’ve shied away from[...]
February 28, 2020

2017 Alceno Romeo Monastrell Roble

Mourvedre is a wonderfully hardy, hearty grape, used extensively throughout the Southern Rhone, and usually a constituent of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras. In Spain[...]
February 20, 2020

2016 Palacios Remondo La Montesa

Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez tasted this wine twice: once from the barrel and once from the bottle. His notes are consistent. From the barrel, he gave it 92-93 points [...]
February 14, 2020

2018 Valle Reale Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

This is an absolutely delightful wine, rated 94 points – that’s the high end of “outstanding” – by Vinous Media’s Ian D’Agata. As he put it, “Bright red. Red cherry and[...]
February 5, 2020

Nonvintage Fermi Bohigas Brut Reserva

I needed a few bottles of sparkling wine to be ready for any celebration that might be called for (LOOK! IT’S A DAY!), so I did some research. I wanted something really[...]