cabernet sauvignon

Rodney Strong’s Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rodney Strong’s Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

When wineries put the word “reserve” on their labels, it’s meant to signify a more prestigious bottle, a wine with more select grapes, or longer aging, or more limited production, or all these things. In some appellations in some countries — Italy and Spain come to mind — there are strict requirements for use of […]

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10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

10 of the Best Supermarket Wines Under $30 (2018)

As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.

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Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

These days it is incredibly rare to find a quality Cabernet Sauvignon from California for under 20 bucks, let alone under $15. Thanks to the success of Napa, California has become the land of high-quality, expensive Cabernet. Most great bottles of Napa Cab cost an average of $50, and anything under $20 is usually not […]

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Napa’s Other Cab Serves Up Understated Power at a Fraction of the Price

Napa’s Other Cab Serves Up Understated Power at a Fraction of the Price

The sky is a murky navy, outlined only by the jagged edges of California’s Mayacama and Vaca Mountains, as I head out to Stagecoach Vineyard on a chilly morning. There’s a surprising amount of traffic on Highway 29 at 5:00 a.m., which means one thing: It’s harvest. On the valley floor lies a sleeping giant […]

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Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

A strip mall in Parker, Colorado — a quiet suburb of Denver — is about the last place you’d expect to find award-winning wines made with centuries-old technique. But that’s just what’s going on at Purgatory Cellars. Purgatory’s Marko and Ivanka Copic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in 2013, settling in Parker to be […]

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Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany. These are undoubtedly the world’s best-known wine-growing regions. But look beyond the clichéd mainstays and you’ll see that one of the most exciting, diverse, and rapidly expanding grape-growing epicenters is actually below the equator. Way below. For years, Chile has provided the world with a wealth of Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, […]

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