Category: Red Wine

Drew Wines, Mendocino, CA: Recent Releases

Jason Drew is talking to me about ripeness. “It’s not easy to answer the question of what ripe tastes like,”

Blaufränkisch is Best Before Breakfast

In the pantheon of wine grapes, a precious few are revered for what some refer to as their transparency to

You Bet Your Blauburgunder: Exploring Austrian Pinot Noir

Hello from Vienna, Austria, where I am spending a few days wandering around what has to be the greatest indoor

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

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

2008 Rivers-Marie “Summa Old Vines” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

We hear a lot (and I certainly write a lot) about wineries or wine labels that represent the realization of

Jim Barry Wines, Clare Valley, Australia: Some Current Releases

The early American colonists were at a pretty big disadvantage when it came to making their own wine. It just

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

Drinking The Past: The Wines of Zorah, Armenia

Wines are always a link to our past. At the very least they tell a story of a previous season,

An Obsession With Pinot: The Wines of Jamie Kutch

“I was always a hobby person as a kid, but I I would push them beyond where anyone would normally

Keplinger Wines, Napa: Current Releases

One of the most often proclaimed credentials for winemakers in California consists of having been trained in the Old World.

Stella di Campalto, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy: Current Releases

Some stories are just about enough to make you believe in fate. Fifteen years ago, no one in their right

The Best of Napa’s 2011 Cabernets: Tasting at Premiere Napa Valley

This past Saturday, Napa Valley held what the Napa Valley Vintners association refers to as its “Annual Bake Sale.” The

Hawkes Bay Merlot: Worth the Effort?

Continuing my coverage of my time spent last week in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, we come to the opportunity to

2007 Shafer Vineyards “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa

In a family wine business, one of the most crucial moments in the history of the enterprise will always be

2004 Craggy Range “The Quarry” Bordeaux Blend, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

New Zealand is certainly a land of surprises. A relatively compact landmass, it seems to possess every possible topography and

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

Cobb Wines, Sonoma Coast, CA: Two Vineyards, Four Vintages

When we are children, we don’t necessarily comprehend what our parents do for fun, and when we do, we rarely

Vivier Wines, Napa: Current Releases

Most winemakers have some story of how they discovered wine. It’s quite commonplace in Europe to simply grow up in