Reviews

10 Hearty California Red Wines at 90+ Points (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. Autumn is officially here. The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, which means it’s time to replenish your red-wine supply. Today’s selection of California reds will keep you cozy for the months …

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Inniskillin Icewines from the Niagara Peninsula: Latest Releases

Canada’s Niagara Peninsula is the world’s most important region for producing authentic icewines made from grapes frozen on the vine. Inniskillin pioneered the making of icewine in the Niagara Peninsula, producing its first in 1984. Today it exports icewine to over 70 countries. In this article, we review their latest icewine releases from the 2015-2017 vintages. For more on icewine …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 8, 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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2015 Merryvale Chardonnay Carneros

The 2015 Merryvale Chardonnay is a real deal California Chardonnay priced way below what I would expect after tasting it.  Although they are a Napa area staple (I frequently stop at the Gotts across the street for lunch, but haven’t made it to the winery yet), I always associated Merryvale with middle of the road wines. This Chardonnay is changing …

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Throwback Thursday: Fires sweep through Napa, Sonoma, and beyond

The night of Oct 8 / Oct 9, 2018 As part of our Throwback Thursday series we are republishing this eye-witness report and highlight the ongoing need to help those whose lives were devastated by the fires a year ago.  4 October 2018 We are just coming up to the anniversary of the worst fires ever known in Northern California wine …

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7 Wine Staples from South Africa's Cape (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. South Africa’s wine regions are spread over the Western and Northern capes, which cover about 130,000 square miles. This vast space is home to a great diversity of soils and microclimates, which allows for …

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