There has been a great deal of positive press about the 2012 California vintage. At this writing, it is still a bit early to judge many of the wines themselves, since most have not yet been released. However, there are some early signs that seem to bear out the great expectations that have been promised. [...]
You just can’t make up your mind. Red wine? White wine? Decisions, decisions. It is still summer. Maybe you want a crisp refreshing white. Labor Day weekend is certainly not too late for a nice white wine. Maybe some shrimp on the grill? OK. White. On the other hand, fall is coming. A grilled steak [...]
Can you definitely say wine value is a good wine under $10? Others might put the limit at $15. There are hordes of wine writers out there that believe that wine values are good wines under $25. Value is relative. Suppose one person decides to spend 1% of his $50K yearly salary on wine. That’s [...]
There are some people who don’t think wine vintages are important in California. From a consumer’s perspective, they are often right. Then all of a sudden a year like 2011 comes along and smacks them right in the face. Fortunately for those who make California wine – not to mention those who just love to [...]
A constitutional amendment mandating Prohibition (prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages) was enacted in 1919. In 1932 Franklin Roosevelt ran for president, promising to repeal Prohibition. It is estimated that during prohibition $861,000,000 in revenue was lost because of untaxed alcoholic beverages. And this was mostly in the 1920’s. 861 million dollars was a whole [...]
For at least two years I have been saying that the best cheap wines are from Spain. It is at least a true now as it was 2-3 years ago. When people think of Spanish wine, they almost always think of red wine. And for good reason. Most Spanish wines are red, and most Spanish [...]
You want some wine that doesn’t taste like grape juice and lighter fluid. And you only have 5 or 6 dollars to spend on it. What do you do? Some would say punt the wine and buy a six-pack of beer. Not a bad suggestion, but there are alternatives it you really want drinkable wine.