William & Selyem, Bucher, 2009

Wine Rating: 94 “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”  – André Tchelistcheff Pinot Noir: the impossible grape varietal that should not be. It’s a tough vine to grow, from its immensely delicate...

Thanksgiving – Fine Wine and Family Hell

Wine Rating: 93 I received a call this afternoon from my sister. A call I usually get this time of year. A call about our plans for Thanksgiving. The dread I could hear in her tone matched that of the dread I...

Plumpjack, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

Wine Rating: 94 How to order wine at a restaurant can be a windy road to madness. For some, the thought might bring low-level anxiety, while for others, the journey is like an adventurous trek up Everest...

Sine Qua Non, Resiste, 2013

Wine Rating: 96 No other collectible piece of art is appreciated by destroying it, except wine. You must open the bottle, drink and therefore, consume the actual art. Then and only then, can you experience its...

Lemon Limoncello, 2017

Limoncello Rating: 98 I’m ten years old, sitting in my Grandfather’s home in Capistrano, California. The afternoon sun is sneaking through the wooden shutters. The small kitchen is mixed with natural and man...

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Cherry Pie, Three Counties, 2016

Wine Rating: 93 In my experience, if you want to do something and do it well, whatever it is, you need two things. You need to love it, and you need to be obsessive about it. Some people can get away with ‘calling it...

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Kosta Browne, Gap’s Crown, 2009

Wine Rating: 95 If over the years you’ve read my articles, then by now, you know, “I love Pinot Noir.” I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing more bottles of that beautiful grape than any other. In this piece, for the first...

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Sine Qua Non, Resiste, 2013

Wine Rating: 96 No other collectible piece of art is appreciated by destroying it, except wine. You must open the bottle, drink and therefore, consume the actual art. Then and only then, can you experience its true...

Rieslings of Alsace, France

A little bit of history that is worth revisiting. In 1500 B.C. the land was cultivated by the Celts. Around 58 B.C. the Romans conquered, took the land and made it the center of their wine region. Grape growing for the...