October 17, 2020

2015 Concrete Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a big, delightfully bold Cabernet Sauvignon from the ever-more-popular Lodi appellation. My own tasting tells me that the winery itself got it right with these comments: “This Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful [...]
October 8, 2020

Removing a Cork that’s Fallen In

There you are, trying your best to demonstrate your sommelier-like skills when – WHOOPS! (I haven’t used the actual word you’d likely be thinking or saying, so “whoops” will have to do.) – the cork falls into the wine. Now what? [...]
October 1, 2020

2018 Cellier Des Dauphins Reserve Cotes Du Rhone

The producer is a cooperative of 13 large vintners. The wine is delicious; in fact, so delicious, that the UK’s Decanter magazine awarded it 97 points and a platinum medal. The review was [...]
September 25, 2020

Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut

Vacation. Indulgence. Sparkling wine with lunch. But most restaurants don’t have a wide array of sparklers; often just one or two. And so it was at this venue, where one of the three – the other two were a “Champers” and a Cava (sparkling from Spain) – was a nonvintage[...]
September 18, 2020

La Petite Lune

James Suckling gave the 2016 La Petite Lune rouge 90 points, saying, “A bold, forward style, with plush, lightly mulled plum, boysenberry and açaí berry flavors pumping along, backed by light apple and anise accents that add detail through the finish. Big, but has the energy for balance. Best from [...]
September 3, 2020

2017 Domaine Guion Bourgueil “Cuvee Domaine”

This review from Wine Warehouse (in Charlottesville, VA) says it all: “It's hard to declare a winery as your favorite from a region like the Loire, with so many unique styles running the length of the river. [...]
August 27, 2020

La Bastide Saint Dominique Eric Bonnet Reserve Ventoux 2017

The only odd thing about this wine is the different names it goes by, including the one above, and the same thing but without “Eric Bonnet” in its name, and the name on the label, [...]
August 17, 2020

2019 Viña Zorzal Wines Garnacha

I came across a glowing review for this Spanish beauty from Navarra and decided to try a bottle. One sip and I immediately purchased a case. I believe you might, too. [...]
August 13, 2020

Fattoria I Veroni Rosso Toscana 2016

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate reviewer Monica Larner is widely regarded as one of the toughest – and one of the best – Italian-wine critics there is. Here’s her review of this wine: “I am floored by [...]