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Get More Bang for Your Buck with This Red Blend

A lifetime ago, many California estates, large and small, used to bottle what they called “Burgundy.” Today, almost nobody calls their wine that, except...

An Unapologetic, Old-School California Chardonnay

I have been following the wines of Chalk Hill Estate for almost 20 years. Of the numerous wines they produce – and experimentation has...

The Veneto’s Most Exciting Red

Amarone is the Italian Veneto region's most distinctive red wine. The “Recioto” version is the older iteration and vinified sweet. The “Amarone,” which combines...

A Toast to ‘Spring’

The wines from the Bodegas Godelia are new to me, but they’ve been creating quite a stir in the U.S. High standards, careful vinification...

Winter Lingers. Port Softens the Blow!

Just when you thought it was safe – winter rears its ugly head. Although cold weather is no prerogative to enjoying a glass of...

Jump into March Madness With this Hoppy IPA from Clouds Brewing

Hop J.A.M. Pardon the pun, but this IPA is our jam! And apparently, it is for a lot of other folks, too. “This is the...

The Perfect Wine for Any Tomato-Based Pasta Dish

One of my PR people recently recommended drinking Cabernet Sauvignon with “Spaghetti al Pomodoro." Well, I can’t think of a worse match-up! Young Cabernet,...

California’s Original Cult Chardonnay

If you’re old enough, you know that Stony Hill Chardonnay, from Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain District, was (and is?) California’s first cult white. This...

Keep Kosher with This Bordeaux Red

Chateau Fontenil is the “baby” of famed Bordeaux oenologist Michel Rolland. Located in Fronsac, near the St. Émilion and Pomerol appellations, this wine gets...

A Delicious Carneros Pinot Noir!

In the rush to mythologize Oregon, and now New Zealand's, Pinot Noirs, some wonderful releases from California’s cooler regions can get lost in the...