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Category: Older Vintages

Drinking the Past as California Burns

Light night, even as flames roared through the chaparral of Southern California, I attended a wine tasting event to benefit

Like Visiting an Old Friend: A Few Vintages of Chateau Musar

Sometimes drinking wine can be like spending time with your dearest friends. I suppose that any familiar flavor, enjoyed repeatedly

Flavors of a World-Changing Wine Event: Celebrating the Judgment of Paris

On May 24th, the world will celebrate the 40th anniversary of perhaps the single most important event in the modern

Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey

In the pantheon of global wine regions, Portugal doesn’t rank among the most storied, at least as far as the

25 Years in the Hills: A Seven Hills Winery Retrospective

We’re funny, us humans. We like to draw these imaginary lines on the earth and give names to the places

Château de Beaucastel: The Difficult Vintages

For most lovers of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel needs no introduction. One of the largest, most storied, and most respected

Checking On Some Older CA Pinot Noir

Once upon a time, among the many criticisms leveled at California wine, there existed the notion that California wines did

Icon Wines of Napa: A Tasting

What would you do if someone offered to hold a tasting of all the best Cabernets in Napa according to

Hawke’s Bay Wines With Some Age On Them

With the clouds turning a peachy pink against the always-riveting-blue sky above Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, I found myself strolling

The Legendary Wines of Napa: Tasting Notes

Last weekend I had the singular pleasure of co-leading a tasting with the title Legends of Napa Valley. I wrote

2006 Peay Vineyards Roussane/Marsanne Blend, Sonoma Coast

As a wine reviewer who gets paid next to nothing for his work, I have the luxury of only reviewing

2001 York Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain District, Napa

One of the most gratifying experiences I have as a wine lover and very, very small time wine collector involves

1988 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru, Burgundy

You don’t get very far in a journey towards being a wine lover without hearing the words “Romanée-Conti” spoken with

1983 Schloss Schonborn Rudesheimer Bichofsberg Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau, Germany

Wine is the closest we come to alchemy. And ironically, the most magical transmutation that takes place within wine is

1971 J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany

As you know, I think wine reviews should be more than just tasting notes and scores. They should be the

My Burgundy Nights: Tasting Notes from Les Trois Glorieuses

For seven or eight hours (the longest lunch you may ever have) more incredible wine is opened up than any

1957 R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Blanco, Rioja, Spain

There are few wineries in Spain whose names conjure the heritage and prestige evoked by R. Lopez de Heredia. Don

2001 Thierry Allemand “Cuvee Reynard” Cornas, Rhone Valley, France

As much as I love wines from all over the world, and as open and welcoming as I am of

1997 Calera Wine Company “Mills Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, CA

Those of you who know me well understand the soft spot I have in my heart for iconoclastic winemakers. The

1990 Trimbach “Cuvee Frederic Emile” Riesling, Alsace

I can remember a time when the word “Alsace” only brought to mind dim memories of my 5th grade class

1974 Charles Krug “Vintage Selection – Lot F1” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

Do you want to know a little secret? I’m probably going to catch hell for telling you, especially from my

Jack Tastes Old…Wines

The generosity and collegiality of wine lovers remains one of the tiny miracles of wine for me. I am constantly

1997 Colgin “Herb Lamb Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

There are several tiers of wines that can legitimately and confidently wear the name tag: HELLO MY NAME IS: Cult

1970 Chateau Gazin Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

It shows a particular breed of idiocy that the American public has turned its nose up at a grape as

1988 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanca, Rioja Alta, Spain

There are few wineries in Spain whose names conjure the heritage and prestige evoked by R. Lopez de Heredia. Don

1993 Williams Selyem “Rochioli Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma

It’s not every day that I get to tell the majority of the wine world that they’re dead wrong, so

1988 Chateau Climens Sauternes-Barsac, Bordeaux, France

There are an endless number of formative wine experiences to provide enthusiastic wine lovers with memorable introductions to new levels

1991 Gravner Ribolla Gialla, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

When it comes to winemaking there’s New World, and there’s Old World. There’s new school, and of course, there’s old

1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais “Cuvée Rousseau Deslandes,” Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

I will never be able to taste all the wines out there, no matter how hard I try, just as

1996 Domaine Marcel Deiss “Burg” Riesling, Alsace

I can remember the first time I heard of a place called Alsace. I was sitting in my middle school

1988 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

Wine, when at its most triumphant and expressive, nearly defies description. Some people speak of “perfect wines” which is always

1994 Domaine Aux Moines Chenin Blanc, Savennieres-Roche Aux Moines, France

South-central France has many distinguishing characteristics, but the one that cannot be avoided and ignored, and certainly cannot be underestimated,

1989 Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) Botte 48 Semillion, Roma, Italy

So what is a perfect wine, anyway? There are several answers to that question, one of my favorites being, “There

1995 Hau Xia Cabernet Sauvignon, Changli of Hebei Province, China

I’ve been wanting to try Chinese wine for a year or so, as I’ve followed the increasing growth of the

1986 Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) Malvasia Bianca VdT Botte 25, Latium, Italy

I’ve insisted many times that the story behind a wine is an important part of my enjoyment of a wine

1999 Calera Wine Company “Jensen” Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, CA

Something special, in my opinion is going on in the hills to the east of Salinas. Calera Wine Company sits

1997 Zind-Humbrecht “Clos Jebsal” Pinot Gris VT, Alsace

For anyone who drinks Alsatian wines on a regular basis, let alone someone who considers themselves a fan or an

1996 Stony Hill Semillon de Soleil, Napa

OK. I admit it. I really don’t like dessert wines. Eiswein? Forget it. Muscat? Ick. Even many Sauternes just are

1985 Chateaux Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (Bordeax), France

There’s something remarkable about the generosity of wine lovers and collectors. Their willingness to share a bottle, even the most

1994 Zind Humbrecht “Heimbourg” Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive, Turkheim, Alsace

Today we are exploring off-dry wines as part of the monthly virtual tasting event known as Wine Blogging Wednesday. This

1980 Beringer Vineyards Private Reserve “Lemmon-Chabot Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

The only way to start a story about Beringer Winery is: Once Upon A Time, there were two brothers, Frederick