While wine can be made from many types of fruits and flowers, it is iconically produced from fermented grapes. Wine production dates back at least 8000 years, and today it is produced in quantity in more than 70 countries, with Italy, Spain, France, and the United States the largest producers of wine today. The world of wine is vast and complex, with more than 10,000 grape varietals in existence. This is largely due to experimental cross-breeding and grafting that has taken place for millennia, and such experiments have led to some of today’s most popular grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The primary styles of wine today include red, white, and rose. While almost all grape juice itself is white, red wine is made by allowing the juice from black (aka red) grapes to ferment in contact with its skins, while white wine is usually (but not always) made from white grapes. Rose wine is made from black grapes with limited skin contact, which provides the pinkish color.

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Review: Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Wines – 2021 Pinot Noir and 2022 Chardonnay

By Christopher Null | December 17, 2023 |

We always light up when new releases from Chalk Hill arrive. This pair is from the winery’s Sonoma Coast operations and both represent some of the bet value wines Chalk Hill sells. 2021 Chalk Hill Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – A rather workmanlike wine from Chalk Hill, this rather beefy offering has a certain Vienna…

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Review: Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto 2021 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and 2022 Pinot Grigio

By Rob Theakston | December 16, 2023 |

Situated slightly northeast of Rome, Italy’s Abruzzo region has many a delight to offer wine lovers and those looking for an adventure slightly off the tourist-beaten paths. While it is tempting to carry on about the beauty of the Giulianova seaside or the simple joy of smelling fresh, hand-picked batches of saffron, today we focus…

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Review: Herminia Riojas – 2018 Crianza and 2017 Reserva

By Christopher Null | December 14, 2023 |

Vina Herminia is a Rioja-based wine brand that was named in honor of Herminia Casas, an entrepreneur and women’s education activist in the early 20th century. A female pioneer in the wine biz, these wines are designed to honor her memory. And apparently, she liked really huge reds. 2018 Herminia Rioja Crianza DOC – Surprisingly…

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Review: 2017 The One in a Million Petit Verdot

By Rob Theakston | December 13, 2023 |

Opting for a debut wine release centered around 100% Petit Verdot is a bold move. It imbues confidence and trust in one’s winemaking prowess, and underscores exceptional quality in vineyard selection. But nothing about this situation feels ordinary, even before uncorking. From the sleek label design to the bespoke packaging that rivals some of the…

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Review: 2020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

By Robert Lublin | December 12, 2023 |

I’m not sure how it happened, but this is our first time reviewing Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been around for decades, providing a reliable choice for fans of California Cabernet. The 2020 release is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. Let’s pop the…

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Review: 2021 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

By Robert Lublin | December 11, 2023 |

Etude has earned its reputation for making excellent pinot noirs and we’ve enjoyed them in the past, so it is a pleasure to pour the newly released 2021 vintage of their Carneros Pinot Noir. This wine really shows the brand’s character. On the nose and palate arrive big, rounded notes of black cherry, sour cherry,…

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Review: 2020 Echolands Rubrum and 2019 Syrah

By Robert Lublin | December 8, 2023 |

Opened in 2018, Echolands winery is located in the Walla Walla AVA (American Viticultural Area), which resides within the larger Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State (and a bit of Oregon). We had a chance to try their Cab Franc, which was quite good, and today we take a crack at two additional reds in…

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Review: 2020 Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah

By Christopher Null | December 6, 2023 |

This wine is invariably a monster, and the 2020 vintage is no exception to that rule, Inky purple-black, it is initially slightly off-putting with its tarry notes of the blackest of berries and the darkest of chocolates — notes of blackened oak barrels and licorice candies never far from reach. The 2020 expression is a…

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Review: 2022 Domaine Bousquet Alavida Malbec

By Rob Theakston | December 5, 2023 |

The first two rounds of Domaine Bousquet’s Alavida were met with praise for presenting a high-quality Malbec at a smart price point while also displaying an impressive list of credentials in the “clean living” column. It’s a USDA-certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher wine enduring an incredibly disciplined and rigorous process that requires an immense…

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Review: 2018 Baldacci Vineyards Thomas Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

By Rob Theakston | December 4, 2023 |

Christened in tribute to the patriarch of Baldacci Family Vineyards and father to winemaker Michael Baldacci, this Cabernet Sauvignon is the beneficiary of grapes harvested from Baldacci’s top two vineyards, located in the Stags Leap and Diamond Mountain districts and carefully selected to showcase the diversity of regional terroir. It is matured for 22 months…

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