February 17, 2022

2020 Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2021

This wine has been a cellar staple of mine for the last four vintages. It’s stunningly delicious. According to Wine Spectator’s MaryAnn Worobiec: “Strikes a terrific balance between mouthwatering acidity, fresh herbal notes of lemon verbena[...]
February 10, 2022

2020 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay

Jeb Dunnuck is generally regarded as a top wine critic, especially when it comes to Rhone varietals. Here’s what he had to say about the 2020 Novellum Chardonnay: “A richer styled wine (I've compared this cuvée to a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert[which sells for $90+ per bottle), the 2020 Novellum[...]
August 22, 2021

Moingeon Cremant de Bourgogne 2018

You don’t need a major victory of some kind as an excuse to drink good bubbly. “I’m awake!” is no big deal after all, unless your name is Rip van Winkle. But it works for me. And I’m not alone. WineEnthusiast reviewer Anne Krebiehl had this to say: “Creamy, mellow autolysis [What? Autolysis? I had to look [...]
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 [...]