Category Archives: Varietals

97 Point Chardonnay from My Favorite Neighbor

2021 My Favorite Neighbor ‘Blanc’ San Luis Obispo Chardonnay “We believe it takes a village to make great wine.” – Eric Jensen Winemaker Eric Jensen’s label “My Favorite Neighbor” is an homage to his community in Paso Robles. To make his Cabernets and Chardonnays, he sources the best, sustainably farmed fruit from a handful of […]

The Bravest Winegrowers are the Best Winegrowers: 2021 Occidental (Kistler) Pinot Noir

2021 Occidental (Kistler) ‘Freestone-Occidental’ Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Wine geeks like us are always drawn to stories of brave pioneers who venture into inhospitable land with a dream for a singular vinous expression. One of our favorite stories is about the West Sonoma Coast and its exquisite Pinot Noir. Nested between the dramatic bluffs of […]

Top Wines of the Year 2022 – Full List

  Each year Wine Spectrum reveals its Top Wines of the Year honoring the ‘best-of-the-best’ wines as well as Top Wine of The Year and Top Winemaker of The Year. The Top Wines of the Year represents hours of tasting & evaluation by our wine buyers to select the best wines for your enjoyment. You […]

Sauvignon Blanc: Bright, Crisp, and Highly Popular

It comes as no shock that millennials are shying away from that big, buttery Chardonnay that was popular back in the ’80s. What they are craving is a bit more crisp, light, and easy-drinking. Rosé seemed to satisfy the taste buds of the newer generation, but another varietal has seemed to be on the up-tick: […]

The Spectrum of Pinot Noir

Finding the Perfect Pinot Noir

There’s a point in time when the typical wine lover begins searching for an intellectual component to their wine appreciation. Enter Pinot Noir. Originally from France’s Burgundy region—Pinot Noir makes an intensely flavored, complex, high-acid wine with incredible longevity. Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world. It’s considered the most sensuous […]

BYDAND’s Spectacular 2018 Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

BYDAND Estate Wines from Wine Spectrum on Vimeo. Wine Spectrum has been a big fan of Bydand’s limited-production wines for many years. Our team loves the wines and jumped at the opportunity to video Colin Gordon and Tim Beranek on their estate vineyard in Napa Valley. Bydand not only produces a delicious Napa Valley Cabernet, […]

Meet Napa Valley’s 100 PT Winemakers

Top Winemakers in Napa Valley

The Best Winemakers in Napa Valley Is wine made in the vineyards or in the cellar? Some of the finest talents in the world debate this point. However, most inspired winemakers lean towards making themselves invisible in the wine—their talent is entirely versed in detecting subtleties in the vineyard or the vintage, adapting to it […]

Wine of The Year

2018 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Signature’ Napa Valley   The #1 Wine of 2020 is the 2018 Chappellet ‘Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley When Donn and Molly Chappellet founded Chappellet Vineyard in 1967, their goal was to create world-class wines with the depth, complexity and character of the finest first growth Bordeaux. Unlike the other great […]