My Favorite Wine, September 1, 2021

2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva On Sale for $19.99 Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Chianti Classico is the village of Castelnuovo Berardenga, a sunny landscape of rolling hills dedicated primarily to the Sangiovese cultivar. The limestone and sandstone vineyards of the area offer all the tension and litheness one expects from Sangiovese, presenting[…]

My Favorite Wine, week of August 12, 2021

2019 Giovanni Almondo‘Bricco della Ciliegie’Roero ArneisRegular price: $27.99 per BottleSale Price:$21.99 I recently noticed that the 35th anniversary edition of Kevin Zraly’s famous book, the ‘Windows of the World Complete Wine Course’ was released. I’m old enough to remember the initial edition, in which Zraly stated, with confidence, while lacking accuracy, that there were no Italian[…]

My Favorite wine…this week anyway (8/5/21)

2019 Arterberry MareshDundee Hills ChardonnayDundee, OR$24.99 per Bottle$239.88 per case ($19.99 per btl) Every now and then, a wine shows up that surprises us. American Chardonnay is easily both the most acclaimed and vilified wine in the market. Awash with tropical fruit, touched by sweetly vanilla oak, a creamy and buttery texture, ripe and full,[…]

My Favorite wine…this week anyway (7/6/21)

2009 Pol Roger Brut Vintage Regular Price: $119.99 On Sale for $79.99 A Rare Champagne of Style and Substance: 2009 Pol Roger Brut Champagne represents a category of wine produced from difficult conditions. The region is relatively cold and experiences more than its fair share of clouds and rain. The vast majority of Champagne is[…]

Finding Bordeaux; My favorite wine, April 7, 2021

2016 Chateau La Rame Cadillac Bordeaux Rouge “La Charmille” Regular $32.99 French Paradox $24.99 At first glance, Bordeaux seems like a simple region to understand: the varietals are pre-determined (Merlot, the Cabernets, Petit Verdot, Malbec); the communes and soil types therein are well-understood (Merlot likes clay, Cabernet Sauvignon favors gravel); and the producers of merit[…]