A Question We Always Get Asked…

Perhaps one of the most confusing parts of wine is what to order when you are in a restaurant. The pricing can be confusing, the lists full of labels you’ve never heard of, and the wait staff sometimes less than forthcoming with something value minded and still delicious. We were once victims of the infamous [...]

What Regions to Buy Chenin Blanc From

While Chenin Blanc is grown throughout the globe, we have two decidedly favorite places where it is produced: South Africa and France. While some is grown in the USA and Australia, we recommend sticking to these two regions. It is a highly versatile grape (sort of like the Jeep of wines) that varies in ripeness, [...]

2017-08-14T21:46:56+00:00August 11th, 2017|Chenin Blanc, France, General, South Africa, White Wines|

Why We Love Screw Cap Wines

For a long time screw tops have been subjected to a great deal of unfair criticism and wrongfully villainized as exclusively for cheap poor-tasting wines. However, this is far from the truth! While with certain wines cork has its advantages, especially with long-term aging and allowing the wine to breathe. However, the quality of [...]

2017-08-04T15:08:31+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Australia, General, New World, New Zealand, Old World, Red Wines, White Wines|

Three of Our Favorite Sauvignon Blancs

Our Method: For Sauvignon Blanc we look for traditional measures of quality, including herbs on the nose and slight variances with different climates. Beyond this, these reviews are based on our opinion of what makes for a great value-minded wine. We look for balance and no flaws. Second, we taste all the wines to ensure [...]

Three of Our Favorite American Sparkling Wines

Our Method: For Non-French Sparkling Wines we look for wines made in the traditional French method with high attention to quality, yeasty smells on the nose, and pleasant small bubbles. Beyond this, these reviews are based on our opinion of what makes for a great value-minded wine. We look for balanced wines with no flaws. Second, we [...]

Top 3 Summertime Chardonnays

Our Method: For Chardonnay we look for traditional measures of quality, regional differences and the wines being expressive of their climate (which is primarily based on ripeness correlated to how warm or cold the climate is). Beyond this, these reviews are based on our opinion of what makes for a great value-minded bottle of wine. We look [...]

Top 3 New World Summertime Pinot Noirs

Our Method: For Pinot Noir we look for traditional measures of quality (especially acidity), regional differences and the wines being expressive of their climate (which is primarily based on ripeness correlated to the specific climate). Beyond this, these reviews are based on our opinion of what makes for a great value-minded bottle of wine. We look for balanced [...]

2017-08-11T18:59:42+00:00August 2nd, 2017|California, New World, New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Red Wines, South Africa|

The Beauty of Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina is a country of contrasts, bustling metropolitan cities coupled with the gorgeous rural landscapes of the Andes, deserts, and Patagonia. While there are great travel guides to any of these locations in this evolving country, this post will focus on one area in particular- the beautiful wine producing region of Mendoza. Getting here [...]