There is no question that the 2011 vintage was a tough one in California and much of the west coast of the USA. Especially for red wines. I had the opportunity to speak with someone whose family owns a winery in Napa. When I asked him about 2011, he told me they had to . . . → Read More: Were The Experts Wrong? Some Good 2011 California Reds
Bogle has been mentioned here before as having good wine for good prices. It is listed on my Value Wineries and Wines page here on the blog. I have tried their Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah and liked all three. Always looking for good wine cheap, I took this opportunity to try one of their whites, a 2009 Chardonnay, and another red, the 2009 Pinot Noir. . . . → Read More: Some More Wine Values From Bogle
The media loves a disaster. It doesn’t matter if it is the general news media, the sports media, or the wine media. Disasters really get those folks fired up. Don’t believe it? Watch any local TV station when an ordinary summer thunderstorm comes calling. You would think it was time to start building an ark. For those of us that follow wine vintages, we were told in the wine press that the 2010 California vintage was not going to be very good. As it turns out, it might be a good time to put down our hammers and bust up the ark for firewood. . . . → Read More: California 2010 Is A Bad Vintage, Right? Maybe Not.
Nothing is riding higher in California than the red grapes of the Rhone River area in France. These grapes are widely grown in many parts of the world. They have been made for years in California, and they are better than ever. There are more than 20 red varieties of grapes that can go into Rhone wines in France. In California you will usually see two or three of them. Most often seen is the Syrah. Next is the Grenache, and finally the Mourvedre. . . . → Read More: What’s Hot In California?