Here’s an unpopular opinion: I hate New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a tendency to be completely overblown yet somehow also generic-tasting at the same time. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is almost always overly fruity, aggressively herbaceous (if you can even categorize that signature jalapeño-cat pee stink as “herbaceous”), and far too boozy.
Pinot Grigio is often a wine thought of for porch sipping and garden parties. It’s been poo-pooed as of late as being not serious and over-ordered, and while it’s true that there are some seriously mass-produced bottles on the market, there are also still some stunners. Case in point, Scarbolo Ramato Pinot Grigio.
I drank a lot of Ravenswood in college. Mostly because I wanted to seem sophisticated and classy AF, but also because I just preferred it to beer. There was something to me that felt very adult about choosing wine over macro lager. But I was also on a budget, so while I had a taste […]
When it comes to Mexico, the two libations that get the most attention are beer and tequila. You might hear about mescal now and again, especially in urban areas. But the one alcohol that is almost always left out is wine. In fact, most people probably don’t even know that you can make wine south of the […]
There may not be a better widely available American white wine for versatile everyday drinking than Pine Ridge’s Chenin Blanc + Viognier blend. I’ve been sampling this wine for years, and the 2015 is as good as it’s ever been. Pine Ridge is a Napa Valley mainstay, best known for its reds, especially its Cabernet […]
Malbec consistently remains one of the most popular red wines among everyday wine drinkers. Known for being lush and incredibly smooth, it seems the easier a Malbec is to drink, the more we enjoy it. If you’re looking for an easy-drinking and a well-made red at an unreal price, you should look no further that […]
Temperatures across the country are starting to rise and that means it’s finally time for rosé. And while many will reach for bottles from the Provence region of France, almost every wine region in the world is now making the pink liquid, and much of it is worth your attention.
A go-to bottle of Pinot Noir under $15 is almost impossible to come by, especially if the wine says it was made in one of the world’s premiere Pinot Noir regions, like California’s Russian River Valley. What you usually find at the $15 price point is a Pinot that is overly extracted, insanely ripe and sweet, […]
Sagrantino is a wine that makes you wait. A powerful red from Umbria that can only be found in the DOCG of Montefalco, it’s a grape that comes on strong in its youth but as it ages it transforms, becoming soft and refined. While I realize no one really has the time or patience to buy a […]