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Livermore Stories: Darcie Kent Vineyards

Mary Orlin | Posted 08.09.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

This is the first in a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region east of San Fra...

Santa Barbara's Happy Place For Bordeaux Varieties

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.01.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

I predict you will be hearing a lot more about Happy Canyon wines in the coming years.

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé: Delicious Wines, Relative Values

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.05.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

It is an area that has been growing grapes since Roman times and the source of some of the world's greatest Merlot and Cabernet Franc based wines.

Ornellaia at 25

Mary Orlin | Posted 09.17.2013 | Taste
Mary Orlin

In the past quarter of the century, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, an Italian winery in the Tuscan coastal town of Bolgheri, has become, or has achieved you might say, first growth or cult wine status since its first vintage in 1985.

To France via Argentina

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Taste
Daniel Altman

What happens when New World wine regions start messing with the crown jewels of Burgundy and Bordeaux?

There's a Malbec for Everyone

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Taste
Daniel Altman

You love Malbec. So do we. But how do you choose the right malbec for you?

A Taste of France in Virginia Wine Country

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 07.29.2013 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

There has been a lot of buzz about Virginia wines. When we visited, what we found was enticing. The wineries are proliferating, and the wines excellent, and the philosophy of life, camaraderie of local vintners and "recherche du temps perdu" sense was alluring.

Top 10 Wines Under $10

GAYOT.com | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
GAYOT.com

Great wine doesn't have to be expensive. Our top picks that cost $10 or less are perfect for wine lovers on a budget.

Il Caberlot: A Love Story

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.15.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

In the week we celebrate Valentine's Day it seems only fitting for a wine blog to acknowledge that the key ingredient in many of the world's most extraordinary wines is love.

2010 Bordeaux: Quest for Values in Another Excellent Vintage

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.01.2013 | Home
Richard Jennings

Despite the commoditization and very high prices of some Bordeaux, there remains a level of winemaking and perfect matching of grape with soil and climate that sustains its importance and relevance in today's fine wine world.

Chilean Wines: Good Values, High Ambitions

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.11.2013 | Home
Richard Jennings

Chile has been a strong source of value-priced wines since the late 1980s. It is now the world's ninth largest producer of wine -- ahead of both Germany and Portugal -- and the fourth biggest source of wine imports to the U.S. after France, Italy and Australia.

Cabernet Sauvignon: A Question of Style

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.05.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Cabernet Sauvignon is a major "gateway drug" into the joys of drinking wine. So what are the different styles of Cabernet Sauvignon? Much depends on the climate in which it is grown.

10 Wines For Thanksgiving -- No Pinot Or Chardonnay Allowed

Mary Orlin | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home
Mary Orlin

I like to introduce my guests to interesting wines, wines that you might not otherwise try with a holiday dinner. So no Pinot Noir or Chardonnay here, just my top 10 recommendations to try along with the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

Ecco Domani's Trio Of Wines And The Luxe Lab Bash

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tony Sachs

In the midst of my gawking, I realized the wine was probably the reason I was there, so I took a sip and paid attention. And it was good. Really good.

Wine, Music, and the Terroiriste Threat

Alex Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Alex Henry

Bordeaux/Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry, is an excellent short book by Jean-Robert Pitte, who says that terroir, that principle sacred to French winemakers, isn't everything.

Grape Expectations

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Zezima

I came, I saw, I drank a lot of wine.

Salute! Raise a Glass to Italian Wines

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Many people think of Italian wine as Chianti Classico, but truth is, there are about 1,500 grape varieties in Italy--more than any other wine growing area in the world.