Terre Brûlée ‘Le Rouge’ 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Terre Brûlée ‘Le Rouge’ 2016, Swartland, South Africa

The winelands of South Africa, as they are called, are among the most stunning landscapes in the world. Most are located in the mountain valleys and coastal areas of the Western Cape, not more than a couple hours’ drive from Cape Town. Within the region, there is considerable climate and soil variation from district to […]

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Berger Grüner Veltliner 2017

Berger Grüner Veltliner 2017

While the days of summer may be numbered, the heat is sticking around, and as we head into the long Labor Day weekend, I’m thinking of fresh, interesting, and affordable white wines that are easy to drink on their own but pair well with a variety of foods. One that stands out is from Austria, […]

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Domaine de Pallus “Les Pensées de Pallus” Chinon 2014

Domaine de Pallus “Les Pensées de Pallus” Chinon 2014

France’s Loire Valley is best known for its white wines, mainly Sauvignon Blancs and Chenin Blancs from such famous appellations as Sancerre, Vouvray, and Savennières. But this large and varied region is also worth exploring for its terroir-driven red wines, which typically have moderate levels of alcohol and often have highly attractive price tags.

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Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc 2015

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc 2015

For almost four decades, Randall Grahm has been producing wines that are, in a word, intriguing. Knowing Grahm, the founder and self-proclaimed “president-for-life” of California’s Bonny Doon Vineyard, I think he would appreciate the description. Unlike many winemakers, Grahm, for better or worse, has never been particularly focused on critics’ scores or on making what […]

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