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: 2020 San Felice Bell’aja Bolgheri Superiore DOC

By Christopher Null | November 15, 2023 |

We last saw San Felice’s Bolgheri bottling in the 2017 edition. Like that vintage, this 2020 is a blend of 95% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon. But unlike the 2017, this offering is a much softer and more approachable wine, ready to drink today. Exuberantly fruity but far from sweet, you’d never notice this was…

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Review: 2022 Oceano Zero NA Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo Coast

By Christopher Null | November 14, 2023 |

Non-alcoholic wine is a tricky beast, but we’ve been watching the category evolve and improve in recent years. Oceano’s latest holds a lot of promise: Not only is it vintage-dated, it’s a vineyard designate from the Spanish Springs Vineyard in central California near San Luis Obispo. Process-wise things are similar to other NA wines: It’s…

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Wine of the Sea Ages Wines 100 Feet Below the Waves – Here’s How They Taste

By Christopher Null | November 14, 2023 |

Aging wine and spirits on and around the water has become something of a Thing lately, with operations like Jefferson’s sending whiskey around the world on ocean voyages and Maison Ferrand aging Cognac on a barge in the Seine. Wine of the Sea is something very different. A Wisconsin wine importing company called the BZ…

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Review: Wines of Merry Edwards, 2021 Vintage

By Christopher Null | November 13, 2023 |

2021 is shaping up as an exceptional vintage for California pinot noir, and Merry Edwards recently dropped its wines from this year — all showing beautifully. Today we dig into six of them and a sauvignon blanc — five from the Russian River Valley and one from the colder Anderson Valley to the north. Thoughts follow.…

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Review: Sparkling Roses from Brendel, Robert Mondavi, and Rotari (2023 Releases)

By Robert Lublin | November 8, 2023 |

Sparkling rosés are perfect for warm weather enjoyment, but the bottles we’re tasting today are not light summer sippers. They are fine examples of the depth and complexity that can be drawn out of sparkling rosé when it is well crafted and made with well-sourced grapes. Poured cold, they’ll certainly be a welcome addition to…

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Review: 2019 Far Mountain Myrna Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

By Christopher Null | November 6, 2023 |

Iconic Sonoma chardonnay, a straight-up vanilla bomb with backing notes of baked apples, brown butter, and a bit of guava. Things get a little dusky with some earthiness coming into focus, veering toward sharper notes of grapefruit peel, which add some bitterness to the finish. A bit chaotic in the glass, I’m not sure this…

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Review: 2021 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

By Christopher Null | November 5, 2023 |

A very unusual expression of NZ sauvignon blanc, here we find the more overt tropical notes retreating into a slightly doughy, caramel-laced character that weighs the wine down quite a bit. This is a rare kiwi sauvi that benefits from warming up a bit, which allows some notes of coconut and, yes, actual kiwi fruit…

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Review: Carmenere Wines of Chile, 2023 Releases

By Rob Theakston | November 1, 2023 |

Carménère, a grape variety once considered lost to the annals of viticultural history, has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent decades. Thanks to the relentless efforts of many in the world of winemaking, it now stands as a symbol of the resilience and skill inherent in Chilean winemaking. We recently had the privilege of attending…

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Review: 2022 Langlois Chateau Sancerre AOP

By Christopher Null | October 30, 2023 |

There’s a reason that Sancerre is everyone’s go-to for a crowd-pleasing white wine that goes with just about anything. This sauvignon blanc-based wine is as versatile as they come, and Langlois’s expression is an outstanding one to put in your shopping cart. Really beautiful, bright, and sunny, this wine kicks off with notes of fresh…

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Review: Two Wines from Beaujolais – 2022 Manoir de Carra and 2019 Chateau Bonnet

By Christopher Null | October 29, 2023 |

Beaujolais remains an undersung and underconsumed wine region, particularly in the States, but that’s changing — ever so slowly — as better and better expressions make it to the U.S. market. Today we’re checking out a pair of recently released Beaujolais wines, both 100% gamay, and both extremely affordable, high-quality offerings. 2022 Manoir de Carra…

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