Reviews

7 Napa Cabernet Wines Up to 92 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. Avoid the sticker shock of Napa’s upper-tier Cabernet Sauvignons with this selection. While Cabernet prices continue to climb, these wineries offer great value and indulging in their wines is a good way to explore …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 28, 2019

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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First Tastings from the Southern Hemisphere’s 2018 Vintage

Early releases of wines, mostly rosés and whites, from the 2018 vintage have begun rolling in, and we’ve also been tasting some impressive ones during our stay in Cape Town.   The always impressive Ricardo Santos 2018 Semillon from Mendoza and Lukas van Loggerenberg’s 2018 Break a Leg Cinsaut Blanc de Noir from Paarl are two standouts. CHILE AND ARGENTINA …

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Booze of the week: Asterley Bros Estate English Vermouth

What’s worse than a hangover? I’ll tell you: the symptoms of a hangover (the absolute worst kind), lasting for days, without the benefit of actually having been drunk beforehand. Reader, welcome to the world of labyrinthitis. Thanks to questionable goings-on in my manky old inner ear, the world has been spinning in a decidedly unpleasant manner lately. Needless to say, …

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2015 Bodega Catena Zapata DV Catena Tinto Historico

Here’s an interesting red blend from Argentina that popped up in my Costco for $14.99. The name Catena caught my eye as they are a producer of fine Mendoza Malbec and many other reds that I’ve enjoyed quite frequently. This bottle pays homage to the family’s grandfather, Don Domingo Vicente Catena, who was known for his French style Argentinian red …

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Liver Angry… Liver SMASH!!! (Talking Booze And Health At IntoWine.com)

image: WebMD.com My friend and colleague Michael Cervin recently penned an article for IntoWine.com, titled The Angry Liver, highlighting the health hazards of my chosen second career – namely, kind of sort of drinking for a living. He asked me to share some thoughts on the matter, which you can read in the finished article. While most of Michael’s focus …

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7 Succulent Piedmont Red Wines (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. Current releases from Piedmont offer a range of grape varieties and vintages, and today’s well-chosen selection exemplifies this. You’ll find Dolcetto from the hot, dry 2017 vintage, Barbera from the elegant, fresh 2016, a …

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