Tasting notes, Wines of Northern Spain, 3/30/19

2017 Ostatu Rioja Blanco Rioja Alavesa, SP Regular Price $17.99 Sale price $13.99 Crisp, bright and refreshing, this blend of Viura and Malvasia is the perfect aperitivo for any season. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and bottled without further aging to capture its essential freshness. 2018 Marfil Rosat Garnatxa Negra Alella, SP Regular[…]

My Favorite Wine, March 27, 2019

2014 Marcel Couturier ‘Le Bourg’ Pouilly-Loché, FR Regular price $31.99 Sale Price $25.99 Under the category of ‘that’s why you can’t have nice things’, I offer you California Chardonnay. I’m mostly kidding, of course. But Chardonnay didn’t have a lousy reputation until nearly every winery in California started making it by allowing their grapes to[…]

Does ‘Vintage’ Matter?

Wine is simple. So simple, in fact, that a great many people withonly very rudimentary wine knowledge can pass themselves off as experts and get jobs talking about wine on the radio or writing about wine for newspapers, magazines, or even their own publications! But, in order to maintain their facade as experts, these poseurs[…]

My Favorite Wine, March 21, 2019

2014 Colutta Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Friuli Colli Orientali, IT Regular price $21.99 Sale Price $17.99 So, here’s the thing…wine consumers (and critics) tend to think that the grapes that we know and hear the most about are the same grapes that have been around the longest and have proven themselves over generations. The reality[…]

Tasting Notes, March 16, 2019; Whiskeys

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey 92 proof Dublin, Ireland Regular Price $37.99 Sale price $34.99 An interesting and innovative Irish whiskey, first aged in used bourbon casks then finished in old rum casks, which gives it a slightly sweet, dried fruit turn on both the nose and tongue. The Glenrothes 2001 Speyside Single Malt Scotch[…]

My Favorite Wine; March 13, 2019

2017 Pacalet & Lapierre ‘Cousins’ Julienas Beaujolais, FR Regular price $34.99 Sale Price $27.99 By and large, the ‘Napa’ crowd still  thinks that Beaujolais is the wine that is released once per year around Thanksgiving. That wine, dear friends, is Nouveau Beaujolais, and while it certainly has its place, its not at all like Cru[…]

Tasting Notes, Red Blends, March 6, 2019

2018 Domaine du Petit Clocher Rosé Anjou, FR Regular Price $17.99 Sale price $13.99 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Grolleau 2018 rosés are coming in, which is good news, especially since you can drink rosé anytime, right? We like this one because its fresh (obviously) and full and pretty rich. Grolleau is pretty much dissed by[…]

My Favorite Wine, March 7, 2019

2016 Duc des Nauves Cotes des Bordeaux, FR Regular price $28.99 Sale Price $22.99 Those of you that read this space regularly know that I am not particularly wowed by wines from Bordeaux. I mean, sure, the wines are fine, and often very good, but just as often, pretty expensive and uninspiring. And frankly, many[…]