Category Archives: Red Blend

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, […]

Is the Red Blend Trend Here to Stay?

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Everywhere from high-end wine shops to supermarkets, red blends are suddenly white-hot. But what are 
they, exactly?  Here’s a question that may not have occurred 
to you before: When is a wine like a burrito? The answer, as I recently discovered, becomes clear when you’re making one—specifically, a red blend. Let me define the term. […]

Top 10 Other Domestic Reds from 2015

We’ve done the Cabs, and we’ve done the Pinots, now here are the other top domestic reds from 2015. Unlike our Top 100 which was based upon our staff’s ratings during tastings, as well as popularity with our clients, our top varietal countdowns are based purely upon score (In the event of ties, we award the […]

#8: The 2013 Bevan Cellars ‘Sugarloaf Mountain’ Proprietary Red, Napa Valley

Wine Spectrum’s #8 Wine of 2015 2013 Bevan Cellars ‘Sugarloaf Mountain’ (Inquire HERE) Proprietary Red  |  Napa Valley Wine Spectrum Rated 98+, Robert Parker Rated 96-100: The opaque purple-colored 2013 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain, a blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, reveals gorgeous precision and purity, good acidity, nicely integrated oak, and a layered, skyscraper-like […]

The Second Label Secret

  We want to let you in on a secret…. Second label wines are AWESOME! In fact we were so excited by this idea that Wine Spectrum actually created our own line of “second label” wines, produced for us by a couple renowned California winemakers. We worked directly with the winemakers, utilizing their years of winemaking expertise […]

Red wine is more that just Cab and Pinot (Top Other Reds from 2014)

We’ve done the Cabs, and we’ve done the Pinots. Here are the other top domestic reds from 2014. It’s not just Domestic Reds that we are counting down, take a look at the bottom of this post for full countdown schedule. *If you are curious on how we tabulate our scores, please see the bottom of this […]

Kathryn Kennedy: A pioneering winery in the California wine industry.

Mary Marthis has been making award-winning wine for Kathryn Kennedy winery since 1981. For over 30 years Marty has been using California fruit, but still making them in a bordeaux style. All the while emphasizing the uniqueness of the grapes and vineyard site, and hand harvesting the grapes from low-yield vines and with minimal handling during […]