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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Bodega Colomé Estate Malbec 2015, Salta, Argentina

Bodega Colomé Estate Malbec 2015, Salta, Argentina

To say that Malbec is Argentina’s national grape is an understatement. The variety accounts for more than one-third of the country’s red-grape production and has almost singlehandedly put Argentina on the world wine map. Malbec’s stunning success in Argentina, where it thrives in the dry, sun-drenched climate, overshadows the fact that it was brought there […]

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