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  • Top Sangiovese Destinations

    If you’re going to enjoy Sangiovese, there is no better place to go than back to the Motherland. In fact, you can pretty much substitute in the word wine...


  • Sangiovese from 1997 and 1999

    Much has been written about the 1997 vintage in Tuscany, and it was hailed by many as the second coming of Tuscan wines. The hyperbole flew fast and furious,...


  • 1997 vs.1999 Sangiovese

    It was a showdown, 1997 versus 1999. We tasted four producers all from my cellar to test the vintages, see if each deserved its reputation, and if one or...


  • Top 10 Sangiovese Producers

    That title is definitely misleading. While all of these wines are under $100, most of them are WAY under $100, which is what makes Sangiovese one of my...


  • Top 5 Domestic Sangiovese

    These are a rather powerful group of wines, but one of the beautiful things about Sangiovese in California is that, unlike with some gapes, power doesn’t...


  • Top 5 Italian Sangiovese

    Sangiovese is a bit of a chameleon, even in Italy. At its best, at least for my palate, it’s all about pure red fruits framed with distinct earthy, leather...


  • Sangiovese from Italy and California

    Today, I’m publishing two sets of tasting notes featuring Sangiovese-based wines from both Chianti and the U.S.’s West Coast. In many ways it is an...


  • #GTiSangiovese Begins!

    We’re moving on to Sangiovese for our next Global Tasting Initiative. I honestly can not say that there are many more grapes I’m interested in exploring...


  • GTiSyrah 2012

    An index of articles and related content created for our Global Tasting Initiative's look at Syrah in 2012 including tasting notes on current release wines,...


  • New Zealand Syrah

    When you think of New Zealand Syrah is probably not the first wine that jumps to mind, and that is not surprising. What is surprising is how Syrah,...


  • On Aging Syrah Wine

    With almost all of our recent discussions of Syrah, the topic has eventually turned to the ageability. If the question is does Syrah age, the answer is of...


  • Aged Syrah Tasting Notes

    Aged Syrah is a bit of a rare beast. Not much that is ageable is made to begin with, and much of that gets drunk in its youth anyway. So what is aged Syrah...


  • Top Syrah Wines $25 and Up

    While it would be easy to continue my diatribe of sorts against producers of Syrah, I am willing to make some exceptions. You see to my mind, the...


  • Top Syrah Wines $12-$25

    So Syrah has an identity crisis, but what are you supposed to do about it? That’s a good question, and the answer is quite limited by the information that...


  • Syrah Travel Guide

    If you’re going to travel in search of Syrah, there is only one destination in my book: The Rhône Valley. On the steep slopes that flank the Rhône River,...


  • Top 10 Chardonnay Producers

    In honor of GTiChardonnay, I have put together my top 10 list of Chardonnay producers around the world. While this is a pretty comprehensive list, I do want...


  • Chardonnay $20-$30

    With this list I’m focusing on the recently tasted Chardonnays in the $20 to $30 price bracket. At this price point, you can really get exceptional wines,...


  • My Favorite Chardonnay Wines

    Why am I drinking Chardonnay when it’s freezing out? Because it is simply always time for Chardonnay. I have to laugh while writing this, not too long ago...


  • Chardonnay $12-$20

    There’s a real jump up in quality once you pass the $12 mark in Chardonnay. It’s actually surprising what a twenty can get you, whether you’re looking...


  • Top Zinfandel Producers

    During our Global Tasting Initiatives, we try to offer guidance regarding what wines in the marketplace are among the better buys. While I am proud of the...


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