Editor, Private Wineaux; Wine Associate, Total Wine & More. Favorite reds: Madiran, Uruguayan Tannat, Lodi Petite Sirah, Chianti Classico Riserva. Favorite whit...
Bright green gold. Shy nose and bright, medium light palate of green apple, lime rind, and chalky lemon zest. Bright and balanced medium acidity from entry to (short-ish) finish makes this an ideal accompaniment to seafood and light spring and summer fare, as well as a refreshing by-the-glass sipper. Mary J. is getting some great advice in her wine ventures. This holds its own in an increasingly crowded SB field. Drink now. — 4 days ago
Deep gold. Opulent, Sauternes-like nose of baked quince and vanilla. Bright acidity leads the medium full palate layered with citrus rind, vanilla, baked quince, and magnolia blossom adding a hint of balsam in the lengthy finish. "Elegant and refined" is an understatement! A wonderful Bordeaux Blanc for your main course of trout almandine, roasted fowl, or Tandoori salmon (to name a few). Drink now through 2027. — 10 days ago
Star bright straw gold. Wildly aromatic nose of citrus zest and white flowers. These are echoed on the medium light palate with lemongrass, orange rind, and balsa wood. Juicy, medium plus acidity. Taut minerality masquerading as the slightest hint of tannin. Classic BDX Blanc with typical balance of SB and Semillon that delivers the quintessential experience. Go traditional with trout almandine or modernize with fried chicken or Maryland crab cakes. Drink now through 2026. — 15 days ago
Classic volcanic red. Dark garnet. Abundant nose of blackberry tea, brick, and red apple peel. Echoed on the medium palate with juicy medium plus acidity and fine, earthen medium tannins. Palate continues through the dark and lengthy finish. What Etna is all about. Juicy, earthen fruit that's a fine accompaniment to almost any red wine (and some white wine) fare. Great alternative to Pinot Noir or Garnacha. Drink now through 2026. — 6 days ago
Beige gold with white mousse and fine, persistent bubbles. Shy nose and medium light palate of just ripe yellow apple with a crumbly mineral streak typical of Valdobiadenne. Medium plus acidity wrapped in a velvety mouthfeel. Not sure where others are getting “sweet” from as this is a classic Extra Dry style that actually leans toward Brut. While not the best example, the price (under $13) makes this a great entry into DOCG level Prosecco. Drink it when you buy it. — 11 days ago
Dark Garnet purple. Inviting nose of red plum, red apple, and blackberry. Medium full palate of juicy blackberry, red apple peel, plum, and other dark fruits with a hint of marzipan mid palate. Juicy, medium plus acidity and dusty, medium minus tannins make this a nice California red for summer get-togethers and midweek meals. Drink now through 2024. — 16 days ago
Bright cherry red. Inviting nose and juicy medium palate of red cherry, ripe strawberry, and rhubarb. Bright, medium plus acidity balances the abundant fruit to make a great wine for sipping and with meals. Grilled salmon was my pairing, but try with burgers, pork chops, salade Niçoise, or just about any summer fare. Drink now. — 22 days ago
Dark purple with near black core. Inviting nose and medium palate of blackberry and ripe plum with a dark graphite streak entry to finish. Mevushal,* but without the "burned" notes (Syrah and Petit Verdot are good for covering that up). Medium plus acidity. Medium tannins. Excellent, food-friendly red from Israel's Judean Hills. Dark fruit and juicy acidity make this a perfect match for grilled meats and a wide range of comfort foods. A perfect wine for the observant and non-observant to share. Drink now through 2028.
*Maintains its Kosher status even if served by a non-observant person. — 9 days ago
Bright straw gold. Abundant nose leads with a bit of musky funk that blows off to yield a minerally Bosc pear. Medium palate gives underripe pear, dried apricot, and a saline mineral streak mid-palate to finish. Medium acidity; a bit lower than expected. Finish is short-ish but present and a little dark. Slightly out of the ordinary for a Willamette PInot Gris with its chubby body and lowish acidity, but squarely in the Samuel Robert style: fruity, quenching, and set for sipping or summer meals. Drink now. — 13 days ago
Dark ruby. Voluptuous nose of black cherry and black cranberry. Medium full palate of black cherry/cranberry cobbler. Fine medium plus tannins and medium acidity assert from entry but don’t overpower. Incredible balance. Medium finish. An introductory Toscana that checks off all the boxes and prepares one for Caiarossa’s premium offerings with aplomb. Drink now through 2026 when you can hit the Aria. — 20 days ago