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Category: Perfect 10s

Krug: A Quintessence of Champagne

When, in 1989, Olivier Krug became the sixth generation of his family to work at the Champagne house that bears

Tasting Integrity: 25 Years of Corison Napa Cabernet

“This is how integrity tastes,” I found myself concluding as I tasted through 25 years of Cathy Corison’s efforts to

The Glory of 2013 Napa Cabernet: Tasting Premiere Napa Valley

Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners Association pulls out all the stops to host its annual fundraising event known as

MORIC: The Apogee of Blaufränkisch

“I am hardcore,” says Roland Velich, describing his winemaking while lounging in the mid-century modern comfort of his living room,

The Beauty of 2011 Burgundy: Highlights from La Paulee de San Francisco

I don’t drink nearly enough Burgundy. But that’s not saying much. Most wine lovers without trust funds or best-friend-sommeliers might

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

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

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

J.L. Chave, Mauve en Ardeche, France: Current Releases

Some places in this world are simply hallowed ground when it comes to winemaking. Of course every deep-rooted and honest

1980 Soldera Case Basse Brunello Riserva, Montalcino, Italy

When I was a kid, I read a lot of science fiction. On long plane flights I still occasionally pick

Bond Estates, Napa: A Retrospective Tasting

Like the saying goes, if I had a nickel for every time I’d heard or read about a winery “sparing

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture

Many of us drink wine as a portal to a sense of place and time — to be transported through

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

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

Tasting The Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wines

I don’t believe in Top 100 lists, or any other list that purports to catalog the “Best Of” when it

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

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

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

The Best Grenache in The World?: A Tasting With Robert Parker

“Grenache has basically been disregarded for the last century,” said Robert M. Parker, Jr. on his recent visit to Napa

2001 Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan (Bordeaux), France

I’ve actually had a number of people tell me something approximating, “I just don’t understand what all the fuss is

1995 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret, Napa

OK. Time to trot out another one of the classics from the cellar. I try and review a range of

My Conversation With Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Regular readers know that I have both a good amount of respect for Robert Parker, the founder and author of

1997 Heitz “Martha’s Vineyard” Cabernet , Napa

What’s life without a little splurging? What’s California without a little Cabernet? California cabs put us on the map when

2003 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose, Bandol (Provence), France

It’s almost futile to really try and do justice to Domaine Tempier as a vintner from any perspective — historical,

2002 Adrian Fog “Savoy Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma

So you think you know a varietal. You’ve had it hundreds of times in its various and varied incarnations. Old

2001 Rudd Proprietary Red, Oakville Estate

I’ve already reviewed the Rudd Jericho Canyon Red Blend here, and therefore I was excited when last week I had

2002 Aubert Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Mark Aubert has quite the resume: Rutherford Hills, MontiCello Cellars, Peter Michael Winery, Colgin Cellars, and since 2000, proprietor of

1998 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay – Margaret River

I’ve had a fondness in my heart for Australian Chardonnays since the first time I visited Tyrrell’s winery and had