Shopping for wine can be intimidating. Here are five tips to help you overcome vinophobia. Continue reading “Wine shopping tips”
Beautiful tawny rose-pink color; soft roses and cherry nose; red fruits, raspberry, cherry, plum on the palate, toasty on the finish; vividly cutting acidity, wonderfully smooth in the mouth, extraordinarily persistent bubbles; elegant, lively, fresh. Continue reading “Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV”
Cab or merlot—vino version of “Ginger or Mary Ann?”
Cabernet sauvignon and merlot are America’s most popular red wines. Each has its own set of characteristics. Differences not only fuel debate about which is best, differences complement each other—which is why Bordeaux blends (usually with help from other grapes, especially cabernet franc) rank among the world’s greatest wines. Continue reading “Cab-merlot”
New World. Old World. What’s with those wine categories?
Any description must be broad, but terms can be explained with that caveat accepted. Continue reading “New-Old World”
Inky, deep red color; mixed red and dark fruits on the nose. Do not be fooled by the label, this is not your Englishman’s lean, structured, light fruit Bordeaux blend; Continue reading “Bonny Doon Vineyard A Proper Claret 2013”
Nice ruby color; cherry pie nose; jammy raspberry, cherry, black fruit, licorice, pepper on the palate; medium body with a dollop of elegance, plush tannin, appropriate oak, nice depth for the price.
Continue reading “Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel Contra Costa County 2014”
Rich, ruby red color; robust, rustic red fruits on the nose; plum, blackberry, dark fruits, mocha on the palate; fleshy, medium-full body, soft mouthfeel, assertive tannins, bit of tangy bite on the lingering finish; Continue reading “Dow Vale do Bomfim Douro DOC Red Wine Blend 2013”
Ruby red color; blackberry, cherry, blueberry nose; dark fruits, sour cherry, raspberry, menthol on the palate. Continue reading “Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castello Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rúfina DOCG 2011”
Translucent ruby color; intoxicating raspberry, dark cherry, blueberry nose; rich cherry, juicy berry, vanilla, toasted bread, integrated oak on the palate; Continue reading “Walt Blue Jay Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2011”
Very dark ruby color; red and black fruit on the nose; bing cherry, spice, blackberry, plum, hints of chocolate and pinch of earth on the palate; Continue reading “Lyeth Estate Meritage Sonoma County 2012”