Great Wine for a $20

2017 Domaine Notre Dame de Pallières ‘L’Olivet’ Sablet Cotes du Rhone Villages, FR Regular price: $17.99 Back in the ‘80s, I ran a little restaurant in DC. I thought that I knew a bit about wine, (it was true, I knew a very little bit), so I set out to re-write and update the wine-list.[…]

Tasting notes, Feb. 2, 2019…Value Wines

2017 Château la Tour de Beraud Blanc Costieres de Nimes, FR Regular Price $13.99 Sale price $10.99 This is a lush and friendly blend of Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Vermentino and Viognier that delivers richness and depth of flavor without burying the fruit with oak. Despite its weight, and it’s a big white, the wine is[…]

My Favorite wine, Jan 30, 2019

2013 Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol, FR Regular price $39.99 Sale Price $31.99 It’s going to get seriously cold this week, so you’ll want a wine with density, depth and structure to keep you warm. Sounds like the description of a Bandol to me. Which is a bit counter-intuitive, if you think about it. Bandol is[…]

Great wine for $20

2017 Vincent Paris Selections Syrah VdP des Collines Rhodaniennes Regular price: $17.99 It’s winter. Ergo, it’s often cold. And wet. A fireplace and a dog seem to be necessary. And a bottle of Syrah. Why Syrah, you ask? Because a good Northern Rhone Syrah is heart warming and food friendly. And when its cold and[…]

Tasting Notes: Riesling, Jan. 26, 2019

2014 Domaine Pfister Riesling Tradition Alsace, France Regular Price $27.99 Sale price $19.99 This is a classic Alsatian Riesling; dry, crisp, full and rich. It’s also, arguably, a better wine now than upon its release (2016) as the bottle age has benefitted the wine. Peach, floral notes and petrol dominate in this long and crisp[…]


Bigotry is the child of ignorance and fear. Always was, always will be. So, it’s time to talk candidly about wine bigotry. Ready? Pigmentation is not a factor in the flavor of your wine. Nor is it a factor in sweetness level, alcohol level or viscosity. Pigmentation does not influence aging nor does pigmentation affect[…]

Great wine for $20

2015 Cavallotto Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Vigna Scot” Piedmont, Italy $19.99 Dolcetto is the middle child of Piedmont; the grapes is neither has simple as Barbera nor as regal as Nebbiolo. And there’s the problem of its name, which translates as ‘little sweet one’. The grape is indeed the sweet one, at least when compared to nebbiolo[…]

Tasting Notes; Winter Wines, Jan. 19, 2019

2017 Bruno Lorenzon ‘Clos Alfred’, Bourgogne Blanc Mercurey, France Regular Price $34.99 Sale price $27.99 The Cote Chalonnaise has a history as long as the more renowned Cote de Beaune, but has only in the last few generations has it garnered a similar level of respect. Bruno Lorenzon makes beautiful wines from his small holdings[…]