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[...]
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[...]