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Fruit Forward: Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache

2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia (more…)

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Seductive Sensuality in a Glass: Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir

2013 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon  (more…)

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Not Your Typical Petite Sirah: Chronic Cellars Suite Petite

2014 Chronic Cellars Suite Petite, Paso Robles, California This is not a typical Petite Sirah, nor are any of the Chronic Cellars wines typical. I guess that’s what makes them so desirable to a lot of wine consumers; well that and the art work on the label. (more…)

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In Your Face Finish: Balletto Chardonnay

2014 Balletto Chardonnay Russian River, Sonoma County, California The aromas are unique and aggressive, like you just walked into a kitchen where a freshly baked apple pie is cooling, and the chef just torched the sugar crust on a lemon Crème brulee.  (more…)

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“Go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay: Artesa

2013 Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley, California I used to have a “go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay from Carneros that I recommended to anyone who was looking for a big lush wonderful Chardonnay, but that recommendation now belongs to Artesa. (more…)

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A Fun Wine: Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay

2015 Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay, Livermore Valley, California Karl Wente has got to be one of the nicest multi-generational family winery owners I have ever met. (more…)

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