Wine Recommendation

The 50 Best Wines of 2018

The 50 Best Wines of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s nearly time to stress about holiday plans and devise a list of short-lived New Year’s resolutions. But before we look forward, let’s reflect on the year that’s passed. Red, white, rosé, orange, and sparkling — we’ve had the privilege of tasting some amazing wines this year. And we […]

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Seven of the Best California Sparkling Wines, Tasted and Ranked

Seven of the Best California Sparkling Wines, Tasted and Ranked

The holiday season is fast approaching. If there’s one guarantee (besides heated dinner table “discussions,” and great Aunt Cheryl enjoying one sherry too many), it’s the need for a celebratory beverage. According to Nielsen data, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the biggest holidays for wine consumption in the U.S. In 2016, the two-week period […]

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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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Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

In typical stuck-up sommelier fashion, I’m always skeptical of big-name wineries. If a winery has gained acclaim among the masses, does it really produce high-quality wine, or has it drifted across the line into large-scale production devoid of character? Knowing the prevalence across the U.S. of Cousiño-Macul, one of the first Chilean producers embraced by American […]

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