• The Best of Bordeaux and Burgundy To Buy Today

    With so many great wines out there it is difficult to know most and impossible to know them all. What follows are wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy that I...


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    A few weeks ago I wrote an introduction to the great cellarable wines of France. Today, I want to begin to follow up on that topic, exploring where one might...


  • Wines to Make Your Movie Favorite A Winner

    The Oscars are here this week and instead of sitting idly by, why not get out there and support your favorite flick by opening the appropriate bottle of...


  • What We've Been Reading

    A couple of weeks ago, we gave you the wheel and let you be our guides to the WWW of wine, sharing two blogs suggested by readers. Thanks for all your...


  • Focus: Spring Wine Sale

    During The California Wine Club’s Wine Sale, you can choose from hundreds of award-winning, limited-production wines, including smooth Cabernets, buttery...


  • Pear Sake Martini

    Sake cocktails are delightful! This one uses fresh pear juice and dry vermouth for a late-winter twist on the Martini. I collaborated with Savvy Housekeeping...


  • South African Reds

    Every so often South African wine gets props, but it seems like there has to be some external impetus to remind people of these often-wonderful wines. The...


  • Top 3 South African Reds Tasted

    2003 Morgenster Stellenbosch 13.5%: A bit reticent on the nose but with super finely delineated black currant fruit topped with nuanced tomato leaf, black...


  • Malbec in Argentina

    There's this moment -- it happens after you've looked out the window for too long -- when you realize the clouds aren't clouds, they're the Andes. Giant,...


  • What Do You Want to Know?

    So, it's time once again for me to try and guess what it is our professional users want to read about today. As it turns out, this simple task is one of the...


  • Stoller Virtual Tasting Reminder

    Join me - Gregory Dal Piaz - and longtime Stoller Vineyards winemaker Melissa Burr for an exciting hour of virtual tasting! We'll be discussing clones, and...


  • COF2011: The Nail I Hang My Purpose On

    Driving back to the airport in a fog. After a week with my compadres it’s time to go back home. Leave Italy. Again. I have this thing I do when I am...


  • Subtraction by Addition?

    Confessionally, it’s always a touch disheartening when I realize just how integrated, how conglomerated global spirits are. Almost every time I read up on...


  • Affordable French Wines

    Last week, I started a rundown of cellarable wine. I hate the term “collectible” -- they’re not freaking stamps, and you don’t collect cheese or...


  • 6 Malbecs Reviewed

    2007 Seven Hills Walla Walla Valley Malbec 13.8%: Lovely aromas of violet, juniper and faint hints of rosemary emerge early on to be joined by a nice...


  • A Little Bit of Malbec

    Malbec seems as though it is always preceded by the word "Argentine" these days, though the cringe-worthy alternative “Argentinian” is probably even more...


  • COF2011: Sauvignons and Ponca

    Sauvignon needs to mature slowly for it to show good aromas and structure, and the soil of COF is adapted to bring out the best in Sauvignon. The typical...


  • We're Waiting For You at Stoller

    We're tasting Oregon Pinots from two of the most exciting vintages ever! Join me at Stoller Vineyards for a great virtual tasting with winemaker Melissa Burr...


  • What We've Been Reading

    The reporting from Friuli by the COF2011 group is getting better and better. A group of wine writers is on the ground and visiting some of the most exciting...


  • David McDuff at I Clivi

    At the top of a hill in Corno di Rosazzo, just steps across the border from the Collio into the Colli Orientali del Friuli zone, lies the estate known as I...


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