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  • I'm curious: Do you order half bottles in restaurants, or ever purchase them for home consumption? I've started to notice them cropping up more frequently in my area (a wine bar just opened in my neighborhood that boasts a half-bottle option for nearly every wine on their list) -- and yet I always feel the urge to either order by the glass, or c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thoughts on half bottles?

  • Carabella Chardonnay Willamette Valley Dijon 76 Clone 2007


    Minerals, earth, hay and herbs accent the melon and crisp pear fruit on the nose. This is elegant from the get go with surprisingly deep and rich, honey tinged tropical fruit on the palate that remains nicely freshly. There is a nice soft edge to this but vibrant acids and a hint of minerality keep everything lively in the mouth. The wine build... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Miller Wine Works Syrah Napa Valley Sage Canyon Vineyard 2005


    This Syrah, achieves Garys objective in a big way. A big wine, from hillside fruit coming from the warmer Sage Canyon region of Napa, its got substantial alcohol (15.4%) and lower acidity compared to some of the cooler climate syrah we often drink. Balanced and by no means a fruit bomb, its a wine with an admirable sense of balance and really ni... Read More

    Wine review by SGG

  • With the weather warming up, but not quite in full summer mode (at least for most of us), I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the West Coast Chardonnay that has been arriving in the office lately. Chardonnay still rules the roost as far as white goes, and for good reason. It’s a prolific producer, and winemakers have fig... Read More

    From the article 12 Great West Coast Chardonnays

  • Zaca Mesa Reserve Syrah Santa Ynez Zaca Mesa Reserve Syrah 2006


    Blue fruit, grape and mineral on the nose. There is a decided sense of opulence about this fruity offering. Well balanced with a nice, but not a terribly long finish. Nice little wine. 91. Read More

    Wine review by KentuckyHillbilly

  • I am taking a sommelier course.  I find there are a lot of aromas that I honestly do not know what they smell like.  Cedar, fruit that is real and not a synthetic bath and body works lotion, gooseberries, etc.  I really would love to be able to familiarize myself with these scents.  Unfortunately, the kits - I would want reds, whites and faults,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Le Nez Du Vin

  • Dear friends,I need your help!I wonder what the precise meaning of the term "palate" is.If you use it according to the common sense, it should mean "the roof of mouth". But this area does not have any tasting buds at all, therefore, it should be irreverent to tasting wine.But I very often see people use the term in phrases something like "on the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What does "palate" mean?

  • Girasole Mendocino Sangiovese 2008


    See-through pinot-esque color. Strong alcohol heat on the nose. Tastes like chianti mixed with primitivo which makes sense considering the blend. Lots of sour fruit (cherry and cranberry) makes for a great food wine. Tastes exactly like Craisings. I would guess it is versatile but be safe and pair with marinara sauce based dishes. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Welcome to The Grapevine! In this new weekly feature, we'll be asking our favorite experts the questions that really matter: how they fell in love with wine, what wine trend they'd love to see end, and what they'll be drinking on their deathbed. Jeff Lefevere, founder and editor of the award-winning site Good Grape: A Wine Manifesto, remo... Read More

    From the article 10 Questions for Jeff Lefevere

  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1989


    There is an edge of terpene noticeable here at first that initially detracts from the nose but the rich core of slightly gamy fruit, redolent of sweet cherries, soon overtakes any sense of inadequacy here. The aromas are powerful and deep with chiseled mineral notes, clear and precise and offering complicating tones of espresso and black pepper ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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