Hess Collection Chardonnay, Oak, and Texture

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by
The Hess Collection Chardonnay is judiciously oaked.

Anyone who knows me is aware I am a fan of oaky white wines. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that at a recent lunch I was invited to I fell hard for the Hess Collection Chardonnay (2016). Hess Collection Chardonnay 2016 Joining a small group of scribes at this meal was Nicole Carter, the [More]

Blind Tasting and the Pepsi Challenge

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by
Blind Tasting and the Pepsi Challenge

I just went down an internet rabbit hole reliving the Pepsi Challenge ad campaign of the late 1970s and early 80s. It was a blind taste test of a small cup of Coke and one of Pepsi. The latter did surprisingly well. So well, that Coke ended up coming out with the infamous “New Coke” [More]

Murgo Brut Rosé is a Scintillating Sicilian Sparkler

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by
The Murgo Brut Rosé is made from 100% Nerello Mascalese and is a delicious bargain.

It was my birthday and you know I was going to drink something sparkling so I headed to see my Seattle pal (we worked together at Bottlehouse for years) Carson at Scampi. He started me off with a glass of Murgo Brut Rosé (2015). First let me begin by saying the wine list at Scampi [More]

The Fizzy Delights of Pét-Nat: Three to Try

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 by
La Staffa Mai Sentito Pét-Nat is a fizzy delight.

Pétillant-Naturel wines, charmingly shortened to Pét-Nat, are some of the most fun wines out there. The (ancestral) method to its madness is that the wine is bottled (usually with a crown cap, like a beer) while still fermenting. Carbon dioxide, one of the byproducts of fermentation, gets trapped in the bottle. The resulting wine is a [More]

A Loire Cabernet Franc Duo That’s a Delicious Bargain

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by
Loire Cabernet Franc in red and rosé form.

One of my all-time favorite red wines is Loire Cabernet Franc. Well-aged, on the powerful side, or named for “drunken nights,” its savory freshness makes me swoon. You can also find great deals on Loire Cabernet Franc made in a manner to drink right away. I (re)discovered this at a recent Loire Valley wine tasting. Cave [More]

I Praise This Wine Without Using Exclamation Points

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 by
I do not use exclamation points in praise of this wine.

I am so guilty of excessively using exclamation points. If you read the “About Me” section of this very blog, I even confess/brag about it. I refer to my predilection as deploying an “overabundance” of them. A quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald has stuck with me: “An exclamation point is like laughing at your own [More]

Seven Hills Winery Rosé Makes Cabernet Franc The Star

Posted on: April 1st, 2018 by
The Seven Hills Winery Rosé is one of Washington's best.

I am a huge fan of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Many bottles are in my Hall of Fame, including one that’s probably in my Top Ten reds, ever. It’s a rising star on another continent, in a different guise, and what might seem a surprising state. Yes, Washington. Enter the Seven Hills Winery Rosé. [More]

Chateau Cantelaudette Bordeaux is a Merlot Showcase

Posted on: March 31st, 2018 by
The Chateau Cantelaudette is a 100% Merlot from Bordeaux.

One of the many nice things about going to free tastings at wine shops is getting to try something you normally might not come across. Like a Bordeaux with a ubiquitous, old-school label on it. Enter the Chateau Cantelaudette. It was being poured at Dandelion Wine and I ended up taking a bottle home. Why? 2014 [More]