Is beer wine when it goes through a second fermentation in the bottle? Is wine really beer when it retains characteristics that are best enjoyed without food. And, might beer qualify as wine when it is flexible enough to pair with opposite and conflicting flavors across one meal? These all seem like meaningless technicalities when Ferran Adria and […]
The crunched down global economy has set a world stage to celebrate the work of wine personalities and producers that have focused on quality and authenticity at sensible prices even during the headiest economic times. Collectors targeting high profile horizons in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and California have overlooked these wines, leaving them to oenophiles seeking bottles that capture the earth, sun, and cellar intricacies of farmers off dusty paths […]
There is so much value built into the wine market today that with careful picking you could pass a few months drinking a different high quality, inexpensive wine every night and never get bored. In the midst of a value wine streak of my own, I found it worthwhile pausing on the Castle Rock 2007 California Cuvee Pinot Noir ($10-$13). The […]
Like a switch triggered by the passing of a restaurant wine list, my gears go into swift motion, “What’s the right budget for our group, even though I am hosting? Was this the vintage I had tried? Where’s the value on this list? The cheapest wine is $50 and it is insipid swill. There are so many […]
There are better and harder to find Chianti and sangiovese in the market, but a wine this good in most years from a large program like the Antinori’s is my kind of “go to” wine.