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#6 Wine of the Year – 2016 Schrader Double Diamond

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Top 100 2018, Varietals|

Wine Spectrum Top 100  #6 Wine of 2018 2016 Schrader Double Diamond Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon |  Oakville |   Buy Here Back and Better than Ever! Back by popular demand following an unfathomable three year pause, Fred Schrader’s Double Diamond project returns with a new wine and Wine Spectrum was one of [...]

#7 Wine of 2018 – 2015 Orrin-Sage Chardonnay

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Top 100 2018, Varietals|

Wine Spectrum Top 100  #7 Wine of 2018 2015 Orrin-Sage Chardonnay Chardonnay |  Sonoma |  Wine Spectrum 94 | Buy Here There’s something mystical about a wine so under-the-radar that all of the information available is written on the bottle… But, etched in your mind are the flavors which write a story [...]

#8 Wine of the Year – 2016 Chateau Leroy-Beauval Bordeaux

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Top 100 2018, Varietals|

Wine SpectrumTop 100  #8 Wine of 2018 2016 Chateau Leroy-Beauval Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc  |  France |  Wine Spectrum 95 | Buy Here Think great bordeaux is beyond your reach? Think again. The 2016 Chateau Leroy-Beauval proves there's more to this classic French wine region than bragging rights and super-expensive [...]

#9 Wine of the Year – 2016 Fortune 1621

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Spotlight, Top 100 2018, Wineries|

Wine SpectrumTop 100  #9 Wine of 2018 2016 Fortune 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa |  Wine Spectrum 93+ | Buy Here As the second label for Darms Lane, a rising star Napa Valley producer whose Cabernets range $60-$90/btl…  at under $30/bottle Fortune 1621 renders an incredibly high level [...]

#10 Wine of the Year – 2013 Valdez Zinfandel

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|

Wine SpectrumTop 100  #10 Wine of 2018 2013 Valdez Zinfandel Zinfandel  |  Sonoma |  Wine Spectrum 93+ | Buy Here Robert Parker has dubbed Ulises Valdez “one of the finest vineyard managers in Sonoma” and he has worked with some of California’s best winemakers like Mark Aubert (Colgin, Aubert), Paul Hobbs [...]

5 Top Grower Champagne

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Wine World|Tags: , , |

In the wine industry there is a lot of talk about grower champagne… you might be seeing wine mags, bloggers and champagne buffs talk about a ‘grower revolution’ or the ‘rise of the grower champagne’. But what exactly is a grower champagne?  Did you know that most of the large [...]

All About Zinfandel, California’s Favorite Wine

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , |

Let's Learn About Zinfandel!  Zinfandel is a wine truly made famous by California although it has it's roots in Croatia. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry. The big, ripe red wine that comes from [...]

In the tradition of Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello comes another Great Super Tuscan by Querciabella

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Spotlight, Wineries|

Italy’s most acclaimed and coveted wines, with names like Sassicaia and Ornellaia and Tignanello are as recognizable among collectors as Screaming Eagle and DRC.  These wineries had a profound impact on winemaking in the region, and inspired a number of Tuscan wineries to begin experimenting with their own Super Tuscans. Broadly speaking, this meant incorporating Bordeaux [...]

All About Riesling: The Most Versatile White Wine

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , , , |

Riesling is one of the world’s most misunderstood and under appreciated wine grapes. (So is Chardonnay, but that’s another story.) This brilliant wine has unfortunately been associated with Germany’s mass exports of the 1970s and 1980s, or more recently with brands like Barefoot, and is typically assumed to be sweet. But while Riesling [...]

The World’s First Flat Wine Bottle

By | September 18th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , |

Back in 2016, when we first heard of the initial release of the world’s first flat wine bottle, the whole thing sounded like a really cool idea. Now it’s an award-winning idea as well. Last week, the Dow Chemical Company announced the winners of the 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation—billed [...]