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 Joys of Napa

There are few places in America, or the world for that matter, that are as abjectly gorgeous as the Napa Valley. The sun, stars, vineyards, restaurants, and people all combine to make for a truly remarkable place. There are many ways one can do a trip to Napa, from frugal to ultra-luxury, and each [...]