Blake Gray recently opined that “austerity is in for Napa Carneros Chardonnay.” He based this on a tasting in which he and I both participated. We, and a handful of other experts, blind tasted 25 Napa Carneros Chardonnay from respected producers. W..
Shafer is best known for their impressive red wines, principally Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Stags Leap AVA. Don’t overlook Shafer Chardonnay though. Also an estate wine, but from their Red Shoulder Ranch property on the Napa side of the Carneros ..
Once a year, West Coast wineries who specialize in Rhone-variety wines gather in San Francisco. And they bring wine! This is that weekend. Rhone Rangers SF takes place this Saturday, June 10, at the Golden Gate Club in The Presidio.
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There are fabulous wines in Mendocino County, well worth the drive from the Bay Area. But we can’t always spare the time to get up there. Fortunately, Mendocino County is coming to us this Saturday with Taste of Mendocino!
Taste of Mendocino tak..
J Cuvée 20 Brut NV Russian River Valley 90 12.5% 750ml $38
This straw-colored J Vineyards sparkling wine shows its even mix of red and white fruit with aromas of strawberry, lemon, green apple, lime pith. The complex nose also offers toast, dried ..
Napa Valley and its wines are so successful—and have been for decades—that it’s easy to forget how far the area has come from the 1960’s and 1970’s. There are very few Napa wineries which have been around for 40 years. Grgich Hills is among the pro..
In 2014, Byron changed directions to focus on vineyard-designates, primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from the top sites of Santa Barbara County. As of 2016, their assortment included 20 different vineyards. I met with winemaker Jonathan Nagy at ..
2014 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 93 14.5% 750ml $75
This five-variety, Napa Valley blend is showing beautifully. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, gently toasted oak, caramel, scorched earth and milk chocolate rise effortless..
Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily made from estate fruit coming from the hilly vineyard blocks near the winery, in the Stags Leap District AVA, and a much flatter estate vineyard, Borderline. It lies about 2 miles away, still in..
Yountville-based Stewart Cellars offers Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and Bordeaux-variety wines from Napa Valley. Their three new, Spring releases came my way recently. They’re all good wines and my reviews are below. You can see m..