May 11, 2020

Château La Grange Clinet 2016 Réserve (Côtes de Bordeaux)

From a biodynamic vineyard about ten miles from downtown Bordeaux, this 2016 Château La Grange Clinet Réserve (Côtes de Bordeaux) has received some marvelous reviews from tasters throughout the nation. [...]
May 11, 2020

Donna Laura – Ali Sangiovese di Toscana 2018

Sangiovese is a fundamental Italian grape, used as the foundation of all Chiantis, Chianti Classicos, and Brunellos. It’s also highly regarded in its own right, and [...]
May 7, 2020

Pedro Luis Martinez Alceno Romeo Monastrell 2017

“Alceno Romeo” is a Monastrell-based wine hailing from Jumilla, a small region on the Mediterranean coast of southeastern Spain. Most of the grapes grown in the area are Monastrell, better known as “Mourvedre”[...]
April 27, 2020

2017 Hayes Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We opened a bottle of the 2017 Hayes Valley Cabernet Sauvignon about a week ago, to accompany a Delmonico steak. Everyone – that would be my wife, Patty, and me – agreed: “Great wine.” [...]
April 18, 2020

Cam Does It Again: Lot 724

Cameron Hughes buys well-known wineries’ excess juice (there’s been a lot of that lately), excess wine (not yet bottled), and excess shiners (wine in bottles without labels).[...]
April 17, 2020

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clasico 2018

Malbec is a French grape that used to be a staple of Bordeaux blends. No longer. While it’s still grown in France, especially in Cahors, it has become the darling[...]
April 10, 2020

2017 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut

Wine critic Natalie MacLean got it right, from my point of view, when she wrote, “Another fantastic vintage for Les Vignes De Bila-Haut 2017 and fantastic value.[...]
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[...]