If you’re ever thinking you might want to be drinking more French, try this Burgundian-style chardonnay. Compared to many California chardonnays this wine is refined; in Burgundy, it would be a beautiful everyday wine. The wine has typical aromas and flavors of earth, lime, limestone with apricot on the end-palate.
In the glass, the wine’s pinkish red color and clear edges indicate that this California pinot noir has a touch of French style, too. An aroma of red berries flows into the flavors the palate, with some sharp bramble character too. Light tannins close the finish nicely. And the winemaker
In many ways, the Stags Leap AVA embodies everything the Napa Valley is most celebrated for: a heterogeneous mixture of soils, elevation and climactic influences, with a steady Mediterranean climate. This area also avoids some of the clichéd criticism of too much traffic, flash and cash often lobbed at the
When a small industry becomes wildly successfully very quickly, conventional wisdom will tell you that the relationship among the leaders of said industry will fracture. On a recent trip out to Oregon for Willamette’s Pinot Noir Auction, I saw firsthand that the Oregon wine industry is contradicting that trend. Instead
Usual Wines is a direct to consumer brand that (currently) offers only online ordering, which, at first blush, is certainly a breath of fresh air in the traditionally behind-the-times wine industry. They offer single-serve wines in 187ml (6.3oz) bottles, the perfect size for an individual serving, especially for those trying
I was visiting Sonoma for a press trip. It was already unusual; of the four journalists attending, three had to withdraw at the last minute, leaving only the host -- Christina Starr of Ste Michelle Wine Estates -- and myself. Our itinerary included one property in Sonoma on Sunday, then
Melvin Matteson has serious reservations about becoming a media star. For decades, he has grown hundreds of acres of corn on his farm in Winthrop, Iowa, with little more to worry him other than the occasional tornado. Now, in semi-retirement, everyone, it seems, wants Matteson to show them his cornfield.
In Arroyo Seco - a tiny California appellation most of us have never heard of - winemakers have been perfecting a different type of Sauvignon Blanc: musqué. This particular clone [pronounced Moose-KAY] produces wine that is distinctly different from the traditional French green herb aromas or the New Zealand-style boxwood-scented