Category: Older Vintages

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