Wine Reviews

Tasting Green

Tasting Green

Höpler Grüner Veltliner2008Current price: about $17 Pale greenish gold, the nose is fresh like grass or new-cut hay. On the palate I get gooseberries,…

Red Pepper

Red Pepper

Château Beauchêne Côtes du Rhône Villages   "Les Charmes" 2007Current price: about $15 Youthful and tight, but fun, too, with lots of good, sharp structure….

But Not Least

But Not Least

Zeta Alicante Monastrell2006Current price: about $12 Deep barn red with a slightly purple undercast. The nose is floral and spicy, with pepper and sage…

Lifted

Lifted

Bonny Doon Vineyard Paso Robles Viognier2009Current price: about $20 (as club members we paid $17) This wine is a pure, pale yellow, washed clean…

Bright

Bright

Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc2008Current price: about $14 Spring weather today, 68°F and sunny. My garlic's up, and one crocus—school bus yellow—popped open midday. It's time…

Yet Another Grape

Yet Another Grape

Piero Mancini Vermentino di Gallura DOCG2006Current price: about $8 This white from the northeastern corner of Sardinia is very pale gold, offering aromas of…

Unaffected

Unaffected

Trimbach Pinot Blanc2006Current price: about $12 Very light, with a slightly flowery nose, clear and clean. It drinks a little appley, almost like dry…

Success

Success

We recently enjoyed a 2007 Ridge Sonoma County Zinfandel, so much so that when I found @RidgeLS on Twitter, I clicked through to their…

Scholium

Scholium

Scholium Project Lost Slough Vineyards Gemella2007Current price: about $50 We gathered last night for braised beef and an array of powerful Turleys (on which…

Lit From Within

Lit From Within

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc2004Current price: about $22 (2007 vintage) Brilliant yellow-gold, clear like March sun. It smells to me like the beach,…

Rough Day Smoothed

Rough Day Smoothed

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot2005Current price: about $25 (half-bottle) I had a particularly rough day last Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, my husband brought…

Red, Green

Red, Green

Domaine Fouassier Sancerre L'étourneau2005Current price: about $26 This wine is 100% pinot noir, which one might guess from its color and ringing clarity. But it…