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[...]
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? [...]
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 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[...]
January 9, 2020

2016 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

This is an absolutely delicious white wine; the kind of wine even inveterate red-wine lovers can enjoy, even in the winter (although more likely in the spring and[...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
July 4, 2019

Wine Tool Kit

It doesn’t take all that much money to have just about everything you need to support a wine predilection in fine style. From my viewpoint, you need four tools only, and you can [...]
June 21, 2019

Two Great White Wines for SO Little!

A lot of white wines are inexpensive and deserve to be. A few are great, but still are available for a song. Here are two I love, starting with [...]