September 23, 2019

Santa Ema Reserva 2015

One reviewer (Wine Spectator) lauded the wine, noting that “Dark plum and dried red berry flavors dominate this muscular red, with plenty of minty and savory accents. Medium-grained tannins [...]
September 12, 2019

2013 Mt. Monster Shiraz: A Southern Australian Gem

Australian Shiraz wines vary all over the place. Some are just huge fruit bombs that aren’t all that bad. But some offer [...]
September 12, 2019

Worth Three Times the Price: HONEST!

To be called a Chateauneuf du Pape – the quaff king of the Southern Rhone – a wine must be composed of grapes grown in the designated Chateauneuf du Pape area. [...]
September 5, 2019

Old Faithful

When Robert Parker himself labels a wine "One of the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon anywhere in the world," it's wise to pay attention. The wine in question is the Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County. [...]
August 30, 2019

Maybe You’d Like It Better If It Sold for $10,000

A nice Pinot Noir usually has a lot going on; flavors of strawberries, cherries, a little vanilla – stuff like that. I find a nice Pinot really enjoyable. I’d love to get more [...]
August 22, 2019

A Great Bottle for a Ridiculous Price

Beaujolais wines were very popular about 20 or so years ago, but they were eclipsed by others, like Shiraz from Australia and Malbec from Argentina, as well as wines from Chile, Washington state, Oregon, and New Zealand. And why not? [more...]
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 [...]