In Vino Veritas?

Wine is many things to many different people. To some, it’s nothing but a lowly intoxicant; others view it as a symbol of the cultural elite. It can be sour or sweet, cheap or expensive, simple or complex. Its remarkably easy to make and incredibly difficult to master. There exists no verifiable standard of measure[…]

How do you value value?

Wine is one of the most imprecise and amorphic consumer goods ever produced; its flavor, quality, relative body, and best use are all subject to a myriad of opinions, most of which are profoundly speculative, if not downright disingenuous. Alleged experts can’t agree upon, really, anything. So what’s the value conscious consumer to do? First[…]

Tasting notes: Great value wines, Saturday, April 21, 2018

Domaine des Cassagnoles, Côtes de Gascogne 2016 Regular Price $10.99 Sale price $8.79 This crisp and bright blend of Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard and Ugni Blanc over-delivers. Tangy citrus flavors and mouth watering acidity (along with a screw cap) makes this a perfect poolside quaffer Château de La Greffière ‘Mâcon la Roche Vineuse’ Vieille[…]

My Favorite Wine: April 19, 2018

2013 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico DOCG Regular Price $43.99 Sale Price $34.99 Nearly everyone knows Chianti…there’s quite literally an ocean of it bottled annually (about 8 million cases). The term itself refers to a geographic region, in central Tuscany, roughly situated between Florence and Siena. The earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates[…]

Tasting Notes: April 14, 2018…wines because its finally warm.

Broadbent Vinho Verde DOC 2017 Regular Price $11.99 Sale price $8.99 The national beverage of Portugal, this is the wine to drink all Spring & Summer. Spritzy and bright, this wine emphasizes the lemon-lime flavors of trajadura over the melon richness of loureiro. Tartly refreshing, low in alcohol and inexpensive, you should always have a[…]

The Complexity of Complexity

One of the buzzwords that wine poseurs (critics, radio hosts, newspaper columnists, fake restaurant sommeliers and your brother-in-law) use to confuse the wine public is ‘complexity’. ‘Complexity’ in wine may or may not be a positive attribute (that is entirely dependent upon your personal likes and dislikes) but it’s nowhere nearly as ubiquitous (or necessary)[…]