Wine Reviews

Ringing It In

Ringing It In

Louis RoedererCristal Champagne Brut1996Current price: about $350 Last night, to ring in the New Year, we pulled the cork on this elegant bottle of…

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Guy LarmandierCramant Grand Cru Blanc de BlancsNVCurrent price: about $55 Château de BeaucastelChâteauneuf-du-Pape1993Current price: about $60 Last night we hosted an intimate dinner party…

A Dark Spaniard

A Dark Spaniard

Buil and GinéToro DO2004Price: $24 The Toro Denominación de Origen is located along Spain's Duero river valley, where the stony soils and relatively high…

Simple Gifts

A remarkable thing happens to me when I let myself stretch a little, when I take a little risk: the gifts come pouring in….

Cooling it on the Rocks

Cooling it on the Rocks

Las Rocas de San AlejandroViñas Viejas Garnacha2003 We bought quite a bit of this wine a while ago for twelve or thirteen dollars a…

Giving Thanks for Wine

Giving Thanks for Wine

Tomorrow we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, and—no surprise, really—they asked us to provide the wine. Our goal was to offer variety to suit many…

The Moon in a Glass

The Moon in a Glass

Ca' del Solo Estate VineyardMuscat2008Price: $18 This wine is a pale, translucent gold, a warm moonbeam in a glass. It offers a nose of…

The Rhône Rabbit

The Rhône Rabbit

Bonny Doon VineyardCigare Alternative C2004 Brilliant red-purple, like the queen's velvet. The nose is floral; I get violets, the breath of spring. I get…

A Little Trip to the South of France

A Little Trip to the South of France

Château de FlaugerguesLa Mejanelle "Cuveé Sommelière"2006 Ruby red, this Coteaux du Languedoc opens with a nose of washed linen, cherry, and fresh Provençal herbs…

Parla Italiano? Mi dispiace, no.

Parla Italiano? Mi dispiace, no.

Il PoggioSangiovese Rubicone IGT2008 The color is ruby purple, and it has a jammy nose, with smoke and earth and tobacco. On the palate…

Bordeaux on Our Table

Bordeaux on Our Table

Chateau La Croix du DucBordeaux AC2007 This 100% Merlot is brilliant cherry red and very clear in the glass. It delivers a funky, earthy…

Flesh and Bones

Flesh and Bones

Villa PozziNero D'Avola Sicilia IGT2007 This wine is a deep, inky ruby in the glass. The nose is plummy and smoky, with scent of…