Tasting notes: July 28, 2018

La Mateo Rioja (Jovan) 2016 Regular price: $12.99 Sale Price: $9.99 Old (45 yrs), low yielding, non-irrigated vines, hand-picked, fermented slowly then aged for 6 months in 2 year old barrels. The wine is rich, balanced and well-made. It starts off a bit reticent but gains weight and aromatics in the glass. Half way through[…]


Ah, summer! Time for vacation! And whether you decamp for the beach or the lake or the mountains (or if you just stay at home) a common activity is grilling! And regardless of what (or where) you’re grilling, the wine to drink with grilled foods is Rioja. No question about it. Riojas work with burgers[…]

Summer Reds: 7/21/2018

Brigaldara Valpolicella DOC 2016 Regular price: $16.99 Sale Price: $12.99 The principal grapes in Valpolicella are largely unknown beyond Verona: Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella and although the quantity of wine produced in the area is 2nd only to Tuscany, many don’t know (or appreciate) the virtues of Valpolicella. This is a wine of grace rather[…]

Sour Grapes

Today’s New York Times (online) featured an editorial by Eric Asimov, bashing wine ‘populists’ for bashing wine ‘experts’. Full disclosure: I seldom agree with Mr. Asimov, so no one really should be surprised to learn that I don’t entirely agree with him in this instance either. But rather than undertaking a point by point criticism,[…]

Bastille Day wine tasting; Friday, July 13, 2018

Famille Brocard ‘Margote’ Chardonnay, Vin de France 2017 Regular price: $14.99 Sale Price: $11.99 Crisp and clean, this unoaked Chardonnay from the esteemed Chablis producer Jean-Marc Brocard is sourced from Loire, Languedoc and Burgundy. Fresh and refreshing it’s a great summer Chardonnay and the perfect response to the ABC (anything but Chardonnay) crowd. Château de[…]

Viva La France!

Viva la France! It’s the eve of Bastille Day, the common name for the French holiday, la Fête Nationale, which is roughly equivalent to our Independence Day. And although one could criticize the actual significance of the storming of the Bastille (which was actually holding 7 prisoners at the time, none of notable political importance),[…]