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...

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...

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...

Category - Red Wine

Wine reviews from red grape varietals.

2011 Schrader LPV Beckstoffer

Schrader LPV Beckstoffer, 2011

Wine Rating: 95 Saturday – Dinner Party Several times a year, a friend invites me to a dinner party that he hosts at his stunning home, for an evening of bountiful eats. This review reflects on that night. The gathering...

Kosta Browne, 4-Barrel Pinot Noir, 2006

Kosta Browne, 4-Barrel Pinot Noir, 2006

Wine Rating: 94 Today class, we are going to discuss Tasting Analysis in wine. I’m going to break down this process for you and in doing so, show you just how random this method is. It’s like Psychology; there is no...

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...

Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir 2008

Rivers-Marie, Pinot Noir, 2008

Wine Rating: 93 “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” ― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success I’ll not waste your time with an inane...