| May 5, 2011
In glorious warm weather like this, if you're going to drink a Chardonnay, make it something crisp and minerally like this fine Macon. The fruit carries hints of celery seed, anise and melon. Lithe and elegant, this Maconnais Chardonnay isn't weighed...
| Jun 23, 2011
If you believe as I do that more than any other type of wine, rosé is a mood, then your average sparkling rosé represents a very good mood indeed.
Sparkling rosés are part of an ever-growing class of wines in pursuit of a cheery disposition, seizing on...
| May 23, 2011
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2009 Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba 'Roussot'
Francesco Rinaldi, one of the oldest and most traditional estates in Piedmont, is known for its classic Barolo. Those who prize the elegance and earthiness of Piedmontese reds should search out Rinaldi'...
| Apr 25, 2011
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Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley has a special character — minerally, lean, focused. At Domaine de la Charmoise in the Touraine, grapes from 40-year-old vines go into the signature Sauvignon Blanc "M. de Marionnet." I love the notes of...
| Jun 23, 2011
Here's where to find some of the wines mentioned in this article:
Nonvintage Louis Bouillot Crémant "Perle d'Aurore" Brut Rosé available at Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; Du Vin Wine & Spirits, West Hollywood, (310) 855-...
| Apr 7, 2011
Brian Loring has a self-proclaimed obsession with Pinot Noir. From a workaday facility in Lompoc on the Central Coast, he makes half a dozen single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is a mixture of several vineyard lots and is a great argument...
| Jan 13, 2011
2008 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia
In search of a wine to bring to a special dinner? How about the latest vintage of Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, the second wine of the famous Super Tuscan estate Tenuta di Ornellaia in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast?...
| Nov 25, 2010
The prices for these digestifs are for 750-milliliter bottles, unless indicated otherwise.
Jägermeister (Germany) is widely available, about $25.
Gammel Dansk (Denmark) is available at Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www....
| Nov 25, 2010
Like their brethren here, sommeliers in France are making their own wines. One is Marc Besnardeau, a Paris sommelier, who married Mireille Farjon and became a vigneron. Her family estate, Domaine Les Grands Bois in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, has vines...
| Nov 4, 2010
Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut
In the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc is an incredibly versatile grape, producing dry whites and a whole range of semi-sweet to luscious sweet wines. Producers there also use it to make a sparkling wine. The...
| Apr 21, 2011
2008 Cogno Barbera d'Alba 'Bricco dei Merli'
When Barbera is good, it is very, very good. And the 2008 Barbera d'Alba "Bricco dei Merli" is one of those bottles. A deep ruby red, it's soft and velvety on the palate, conjuring up flavors of cassis,...
| Apr 14, 2011
There are signs the American economy is improving, at least as far as wine shops are concerned. But if you think that means a return to the glory days of $150 cult Cabernets … well, not so fast.
Instead, most wine store owners, far from declaring...