Domaine William Fèvre Chablis ‘Champs Royaux’ 2017

Domaine William Fèvre Chablis ‘Champs Royaux’ 2017

Back in the day, when America was a less sophisticated wine-drinking country, “Chablis” often meant a jug of white wine that sat in the fridge or on the kitchen counter at your grandparents’ house, produced by such California wine behemoths as E. & J. Gallo under its own name or its Carlo Rossi brand.

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Empire Estate Dry Riesling 2016, Finger Lakes, N.Y.

Empire Estate Dry Riesling 2016, Finger Lakes, N.Y.

In a column devoted to good wines that you might actually stand a chance of finding, the smallest-production wines with limited distribution are pretty much ruled out. Although online ordering from stores and wineries partly mitigates the problem, state regulations on shipping wine remain an often-frustrating and confusing patchwork. This makes it hard for many […]

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Murgo Etna Rosso 2015, Sicily

Murgo Etna Rosso 2015, Sicily

For years, Nero d’Avola was the “it” wine of Sicily. So much of the dark, full-bodied wine was exported to the United States that it became almost synonymous with Sicilian vino. Many of them were inexpensive and, frankly, forgettable. A more interesting Sicilian red, Etna Rosso, is now getting a good deal of attention, and […]

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Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Usually, I’m all about complexity in wines — the various layers that make wine interesting and take it beyond just alcoholic fruit juice. How does oak aging factor in? Can you detect minerals that reflect a wine’s terroir? How about spice or floral notes? Saline or earth? The list goes on. Students of wine live […]

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