Wine Recommendation

Review: Columna Albariño 2016

Review: Columna Albariño 2016

The first “real” wine I ever learned about was Albariño, the classic yet under-appreciated white from Spain’s northwestern Rías Baixas region. My postgrad palate, theretofore raised on Franzia and Yellowtail, learned to detect the basic structural and flavor components of wine through Albariño, distinguishing fruit from sweetness and body from acidity.

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Review: Donelan Wines ‘Nancie’ Chardonnay 2014

Review: Donelan Wines ‘Nancie’ Chardonnay 2014

It’s easy to hate on California Chardonnay, but not all bottles are created equally. Mindful producers in cooler climates can create balanced, layered versions, even when employing barrel aging. Sonoma County is an excellent region to explore for restrained Chardonnay wines, particularly now, when Napa and Sonoma producers are imploring wine lovers to drink wines […]

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Review: Grochau Cellars ‘Commuter Cuvée’ Pinot Noir 2016

Review: Grochau Cellars ‘Commuter Cuvée’ Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir is produced in almost every region around the world, but it can be difficult to find a bottle that really delivers. It would be a mistake, though, to dismiss all Pinot Noir iterations as rote or predictable. A few regions stand above the rest, such as Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Its wines, including the Grochau Cellars ”Commuter […]

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