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Category: Wines under $20

2007 Potel-Aviron Fleurie Vielles Vignes, Beaujolais, France

Should one of your New Years’ resolutions be to broaden your wine horizons without breaking your wine budget, one of

Errazuriz Winery, Chile: Current Releases

The Aconcagua valley presents the first time visitor with a surreal vista. From the flattened floodplain of the valley floor,

Veramonte Winery, Chile: Current Releases

It’s hard to believe that in the early 1990’s less than 100 acres of vineyards were planted in Chile’s Casablanca

Tasting the Wines of Lodi

I suppose you might measure my enthusiasm (or insanity) for learning about wine by the glee with which I look

Oriel Wines: Current Releases

There are those who suggest that the moment that wine went wrong when it became more than just what a

2005 Savanna “Sogno Due” White Wine, Campania, Italy

Despite all kinds of advice to the contrary, we continue to judge our books by the cover and our wines

Tasting Oregon Riesling…At the International Pinot Noir Celebration?

Adulterous. Maybe a little sneaky, and a tiny bit rebellious. There I was at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in

2007 Point Concepcion “Celestina” Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County

I make it my habit to seek out and try a particular kind of wine that flies well under the

2007 Morgan “Metallico” Chardonnay, Monterey

It’s not a huge leap from veterinary medicine to winemaking, and that leap is made even shorter when you’re enrolled

2005 François Blanchard “Violoncelite” Cabernet Franc, Touraine, France

Perhaps some of the most interesting wines in the world are made by cranks, crackpots, and wackos — iconoclasts that

Croatian Wine: Some Tasting Notes

There are a lot of wine regions I have yet to visit in the world, and with a young child

2007 Rosemount Estate Show Reserve Chardonnay, Mudgee, Australia

In this day and age of farmers markets, boutique stores, and micro-breweries, it’s easy for the upwardly mobile wine lover

2006 Handley Cellars “Hein Vineyard” Pinot Blanc, Anderson Valley

California’s Anderson Valley remains one of its least known and most under-appreciated wine regions. In particular I believe it to

2007 York Creek Vineyards Touriga Nacional Rose, Sonoma County

One of my favorite punching bags in the world is the sorry state of California rosé. For some reason, winemakers

Ohyama Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori, Yamagata Prefecture

We all understand the power of brands. There was likely a time for most Americans alive to day when we

2005 Veramonte “Primus” Red Wine, Casablanca Valley, Chile

It’s hard to believe that in the early 1990’s less than 100 acres of vineyards were planted in Chile’s Casablanca

2004 Chateau du Rouet “Cuvee Belle Poule” Blanc, Cotes de Provence, France

I drink wine from as many different countries as I can, as often as I can. I firmly believe that

2005 Domaine de Chateau Gaillard Saumur, Loire Valley, France

The Loire Valley is perhaps one of the most underrated and unexplored (by most Americans) wine producing regions in France.

Kikusui Funaguchi Ichiban Shibori Honzojo, Niigata Prefecture

I’ll admit it right off the bat: I’m a serious sake snob. I don’t mean that in the sense that

Kurosawa Kimoto Junmai, Nagano Prefecture

By W. Blake Gray. “Keep refrigerated,” the labels say in English. So why do I keep finding these bottles of

2006 Vincenzo Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

If someone ever held my feet to the fire and forced me to name just one group of wines that

2005 René Noël Legrand “La Chaintrée” Cabernet Franc, Saumur Champigny, Loire Valley, France

Lots of people I know have a “house wine” — some bottle that they buy in much larger quantities than

Rolf Binder Wines, Barossa, Australia: Current Releases

Some of my favorite people in the world are those who offer no affect of their knowledge, even when you’re

2005 Spencer Roloson Grenache Blanc, California

It’s particularly pleasurable to watch a small wine label mature and make a name for itself in the world. I

WBW#35 Roundup Has Been Posted: Spanish Values

Wine Blogging Wednesday, the blogosphere’s original virtual wine tasting party is going strong in its 35th month. We had top

The World’s Best Prosecco: Tasting Conegliano Valdobbiadene

We Americans aren’t deprived of much in the world when it comes to wine, but if there’s one segment of

2005 Torres “Mas Rabell” Red Wine, Catalunya, Spain

Most of the time I buy my wines from proper wine stores. Not just because I like to support them,

Tamas Wine Estates, Livermore, CA: Current Releases

These days, California wine country evokes names like Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara. But if you arrived in San Francisco on

WBW#31 Roundup Has Been Posted: Box Wines

Drink inside the box, it might be called. This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday was hosted by Roger over at the

2005 French Rabbit Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

In case you hadn’t noticed, the wine packaging revolution is upon us. Or should I say, upon us again. It

Domaine de Nizas, Languedoc, France: Current Releases

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends say “I can’t really afford French wine.” Even after I

NV “The Big Red Monster” Red Table Wine, California

You wouldn’t believe the sort of stuff I get in the mail. Consumers are blissfully ignorant of the incredible amount

2003 Bibich Debit, Skradin (North Dalmatia), Croatia

In my last post here on Vinography I mulled, tongue-in-cheek about the impact of wine on the hallowed halls of

EOS Estate Winery, Paso Robles: Current Releases

There exist an endless number of stories about how families get into the wine business. Some (mostly in Europe) have

2005 Hook and Ladder “The Tillerman” White Blend, Russian River Valley, Sonoma

Old winemakers don’t die, they just start another label. I’ve never seen this bumper sticker on any old pickup truck

Tsuki no Katsura Junmai Daiginjo Nigori Sake, Kyoto

Little kids go through a phase where they need to put everything in their mouth. I wonder what it says

2005 Boutari Moschofilero, Mantinia (Peloponnese), Greece

OK. So I’m on a bit of a Greek wine kick these days. Trying to poke my nose into potentially

Pey-Marin Vineyards, Marin: Current Releases

I love watching the wine world evolve. In particular I enjoy seeing new wines spring up like the proverbial dragon’s

2004 Argyros Estate “Barrel Select” White Wine, Santorini, Greece

I go out of my way to taste wines from up-and-coming, out of the way, and generally obscure wine regions.

2004 Kiona Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling, Red Mountain, Washington

Frequent readers know that I’m not the greatest fan of dessert wines. Most sweet wines just don’t have enough acidity

2004 Palmina Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County

You know how some entrepreneurs seem to start businesses in their sleep? They create a company, make it profitable or