November 26, 2020

2016 Tenet Syrah The Pundit

I’ve been getting this wine for the last ten years or so. It is always good and surprisingly inexpensive. The 2016 version is no exception. Wine guru Jeb Dunnuck awarded it 91 points, noting that it [...]
November 21, 2020

2014 Bergevin Lane She-Devil Syrah

Here’s the one professional review I was able to find: “This holds a pleasant tension between Syrah’s depth of fruit and its spicier tendencies, with scents of anise, black pepper and lavender. It lingers on silky dark-plum flavors, with [...]
November 13, 2020

2016 Ronan by Clinet

$2,000 a bottle; $3,000 a bottle. Prices like that are not that common for a great bottle of Bordeaux, but they’re not unusual. Common: A bottle like the 2016 La Tour Figeac, rated 91 points by a top reviewer and available for $50 a bottle. [...
October 27, 2020

Viña Jaraba “Reserva” 2014

This outstanding Spanish red is composed of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot. The varietals are fermented separately in cement tanks and then blended and aged in a combination of [...]
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? [...]
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 [...]
July 8, 2020

Domaine Saint-Vincent Brut Sparkling Wine

Looking to expand their operations beyond Champagne, France, the Gruet family scouted the US and decided to make their sparkling wine in – where? [...]
June 24, 2020

Bodegas Juan Gil Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell

This is a delicious wine perfect for everyday drinking or for “What’s next?” after downing the contents of a special bottle saved for a special occasion, like Father’s Day or, for me, Tuesday. [...]
June 18, 2020

Wine Advocate Free for Three Months!

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is unquestionably one of the world’s number-one-rated wine-rating guides. It’s great for picking winners in [...]