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    With the spring teasing us with the warming rays of the sun, it’s no surprise that people are asking once again about what white wine they should be...


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    I doubt many people successfully filled out their March Madness brackets to predict Butler and the University of Connecticut appearing in the final game....


  • Summer Pleasures Make Magical Moments

    A rare California treasure awaits you—grand and glistening—able to exceed your every wish with a signature style and service found nowhere else....


  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

    2007. It’s a great vintage, but where? Panic! What we need is to compare wines from various growing regions so that we can get a good idea of the quality...


  • 9 Great Cabs to Try Now

    2007 Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% - TOP SCORER: Immediately rather complex with wood spice tones augmented by a lovely gentle...


  • More 1995 Barolos

    Mascarello Monprivato Ca d’Morissio: Lightly gamy on the nose with clean, deep, dark fruit framed with some leather notes. Quite elegant in the mouth,...


  • 15 Great Barolos to Try

    Burlotto Monvigliero: Exotic on the nose with its mélange of olive, thyme, anise seed and black raspberry fruit. In the mouth this is rich with cherry fruit...


  • 1995 Barolo

    1995. Little did we know what an inflection point this would be for Piedmont. Looking back, it’s easy to forget the fanfare that greeted the vintage,...


  • Cool Creme de Violette Cocktails

    Thinking pastel cocktails might make a cute, on-theme addition to your Easter celebration menu? Step away from the food coloring and look instead to a staple...


  • Laurel Glen Vertical Tasting

    1981: Autumnal on the nose with a leafy, earthy character and a light green streak, but this is perfumed and quite attractive with a Bordelaise complexity. A...


  • Sonoma Mountain Cabs

    When talk turns to the great California Cabernet producers of the 1980s and 1990s, the topic of conversation invariably turns to Napa Valley, with a geek...


  • What We've Been Reading

    Sometimes it's funny how a sort of group unconsciousness seems to permeate the blogosphere. Just last week I was commenting on the "progress" the wine world...


  • Thai Spring Mojito

    It might have taken a while to get here, but yes, spring has finally sprung! And with Easter, Passover and even Earth Day all falling within the same week,...


  • More Etna Nerello Blends

    2009 Palari Faro Nerello Mascalese Nerello Cappuccio Nocera and other indigenous varieties, $50 - Candied herbs on the nose with a little compost and loamy...


  • Etna Nerello Blends

    These wines, generally from the Etna region, were blind tasted during my recent visit to Sicily. For several reasons Etna is proving to be one of the most...


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  • Join the California Wine Club

    When it comes to wine quality, service and bringing you the adventure of trying wines from all of California’s many wine regions, The California Wine Club...


  • Louis Jadot Tasting

    A vintage like 2009 is perfect for those just beginning to explore the region, as well as those with more familiarity. Its youthful exuberance makes it...


  • 2009 Burgundy

    Burgundy. We’re talking rarified ground, even hallowed ground to some. But there is hope for even the common man when it comes to Burgundy, though...


  • Funnymen Wines

    Sometimes you just have to laugh, hopefully with some frequency, especially if you’re one of our funnymen winemakers. Everybody knows that the best way to...


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