Reviews

Tasting Highlights: 8 Go-To Languedoc Value Wines (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights: 8 Go-To Languedoc Value 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.The Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France has become increasingly popular with wine lovers because of the diversity of its styles and its affordable price-points. In terms of value, today's selection can't be beat, as these …

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The Good Sh*t (Biodynamic Preparations At Troon Vineyard)

The Good Sh*t (Biodynamic Preparations At Troon Vineyard)

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), who founded the farming practices now known under the certification of Biodynamics, was largely full of sh*t. For example, Steiner was all about making wild claims based on anonymous sources long before it became the new standard of presidential tweeting in the U.S.; just check out a handful of the claims he made in his The Submerged …

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2015 Chateau Cone Taillasson Sabourin Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux

2015 Chateau Cone Taillasson Sabourin Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux

Love, love, love finding these super inexpensive Bordeaux in the “cheap seats” as Erin likes to call them (the stacks of wine, not in the wooden boxes).  While they generally don’t make my taste buds explode in cosmic glory, they usually represent a super value buy, heavily discounted from their retail price, and the juice inside is comparable to what …

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5 Bars Wine Country Insiders Love

5 Bars Wine Country Insiders Love

photo by Lisa Corson On your next wine-tasting jaunt, get the inside scoop at the bar where the makers hang out ELAINE CHUKAN BROWN Here’s one way to explore a wine region: Find the main drag, pull over at whatever shiny tasting room catches your eye, and start swirling and sipping. It’s not the worst strategy—it can actually be a lot of fun—but …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 10, 2018

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 10, 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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Grape Encounters Radio Interview

Grape Encounters Radio Interview

By a quirk of timing I was interviewed by a nationally syndicated radio show, Grape Encounters, and its host, David Wilson, on my birthday this year. David had me on as a wine expert prepared to discuss California Wine Month, current wine trends and what I recommend for people wanting to explore wine. It turned out though the conversation was …

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