Reviews

7 Exciting Styles of Australian Wine (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights’ wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors’ most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members. Australia is not a wine monolith: It’s a vast country that makes wines from a wide variety of regions, climates and grapes. Today’s selection explores this diversity with reds from four distinct grapes and …

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No Bullsh*t Wine (Cowhorn Vineyard Recent Releases)

One could be forgiven for expecting an overdose of “yes, I did in fact write those checks” bullsh*t when visiting Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden in Oregon’s Applegate Valley, based solely on the facts that a) it takes its name from the most infamous preparation (#500, which involves burying a cow’s horn full of manure) in wine’s most infamous set of …

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2015 Poggio al Casone La Cattura Toscana IGT

First and foremost, I’d like to issue an apology to our readers for not writing this review sooner. I tasted this wine a couple of weeks back and simply forgot the whole experience. Luckily, I always take notes when I open a bottle that I plan to review, so I have more to share with you today than what I …

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Masters of Wine Spend 10 Days in California Wine

Masters of Wine on the coast of Sonoma Two weeks ago, Masters of Wine from 16 countries arrived in Santa Barbara to begin a ten-day trip through California wine. The Institute of Masters of Wine and the California Wine Institute worked together to coordinate and plan the trip. All together the group tasted over 600 wines from throughout the state …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 29, 2018

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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8 Gutsy California Red Blends (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights’ wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors’ most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members. Red blends are all the rage, and winemakers in California make both traditional and creative “kitchen-sink” blends. Today’s selection showcases bold, zesty wines at a variety of price points. Leading the pack are two …

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2016 Kirkland Signature Gigondas

This is the second year for the Kirkland Gigondas and I was happy to see the price stay consistent year to year at only $14.99. Finding wines from Gigondas priced this low is almost unheard of as evidenced by a quick Google search I did here. (if the link doesn’t work, I Googled “Gigondas” and then hit the “Shopping” tab …

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