Our Favorite Late Summer Wines

1) Faustino Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja, Spain ($30) PURCHASE LINK This highly rated wine is a rare example of a declsious vintage at a reasonable price. A balanced mix of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache, and 5% Mazuelo it is intense cherry in color and complex on the nose. The extra body  and complexity lends itself well [...]

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 [...]

Why you should be drinking Riesling!

There are few wine varietals as misunderstood as Riesling. Once thought of as cheap sweet wine from Germany that led to head crunching hangovers. Riesling has gone through a global quality resurgence and is something to truly be enjoyed. Our favorites come from either Alsace in France or Germany and while some can be [...]

2017-07-28T21:53:39+00:00July 27th, 2017|Austria, France, General, Germany, Old World, Riesling, White Wines, Wine Reviews|

New World vs. Old World

The great debate of New World versus Old World has captured ardent followers of both camps within the wine industry. For reference, the New World encompasses those countries that are relatively new to the global stage, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, the United States (aka 'Merica), Canada (yes, they produce more than kindness and [...]

2017-07-13T20:08:23+00:00July 5th, 2017|Pinot Noir, Wine Reviews|

Buying Guide: Italy (Italian Wines)

How to Buy Italian Wines As is the case with many old world European wine producing countries understanding how to buy them can be a confusing odyssey. Countless times people have walked into a store stared at the endless array of confusing labels and grabbed one that looked nice for under $20 (I was totally [...]

2017-07-15T15:32:32+00:00July 5th, 2017|Cabernet Franc, Italy, Nebbiolo, Old World, Sangiovese, Wine Reviews|