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

#8 Wine of 2018 Top 100

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 bottles. Much more. Bordeaux is […]

#9 Wine of the Year – 2016 Fortune 1621

#9 wine of 2018 Fortune 1621

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 of quality at a very […]

#10 Wine of the Year – 2013 Valdez Zinfandel

Valdez Zinfandel Top 100 #10 wine

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 and Rosenblum.  His impeccable wines […]

5 Top Grower Champagne

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 negociant Champagne houses buy their […]

All About Zinfandel, California’s Favorite Wine

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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 these grapes  has some of […]

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

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 varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, and […]

All About Riesling: The Most Versatile White Wine

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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 can make some of the […]

The World’s First Flat Wine Bottle

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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 as “the industry’s longest-running independently […]

A Tribute to One of California’s Most Beloved Vintners Ulises Valdez

Ulises Valdez

Ulises Valdez, one of California’s most beloved vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early Wednesday morning of a heart attack.  He was 49. Valdez was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in California. He was equally regarded as one of the most warm and loving personalities in […]

2016 Rhones: The Vintage of the Generation

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AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE: OPULENT FRUIT, MELTING TANNINS, AND ENERGETIC FRESHNESS 2016 is a roaring success in the Rhône. It follows the excellent 2015 whose release saw an upsurge in interest in this classic French region of diverse expression. Where 2015 produced Northern Rhône Syrahs of remarkable depth and complexity, 2016 has produced what many growers […]