Bertani Amarone, 2006

Wine Rating: 95 The sun was rising as I sat comfortably in the captain’s chair on the quarterdeck of a 48’ Clipper sailboat named It’s Hedly. A beautiful, near-perfect bottle of Italian Amarone wine with rich...

Beaujolais Nouveau for Thanksgiving

Wine Rating: 90 Remember, remember the third Thursday of November! For anyone who’s read any of my work or who’s followed my adventures for any length of time, you know I often find my way back to tales of...

Renato Ratti, Rocche 2008

Wine Rating: 92 One of my memories of growing up in an Italian home in New Jersey is seeing wine on the table at every dinner. I especially remember Sunday nights. As far back as I can recall, every Thursday...

Category - Other Reds

Joseph Phelps, Insignia

Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2009

Wine Rating: 94 On a picture-perfect winter day, I sit in silence in my cellar and look over the vast collection of wine that I’ve acquired over the years. I’ve been seriously researching, drinking and putting away...

Opus One, Second Flight

Overture, Opus One Winery

Wine Rating: 93 The winery choice for this review is a top 5 favorite of mine. Why I haven’t written about them before is lost on me. It’s one of the most well-known California wineries in the world. The undertaking...

Norton Winery

Augusta Winery, Reserva del Patron, 2009

Wine Rating: 92 The weather in Southern California has been cool this past summer, most days starting out with a cold morning haze and warming toward noon, with late afternoon sun opening up to balmy mid-evenings. This...