The Top 10 Wines of 2015 for Literature Lovers

Another year, another 135 wines!  Of course, ‘real’ wine critics often taste that many wines in a week, so my sample size is not huge. None-the-less, I have been collecting and drinking the fruit of the vine for twenty years, and have written nearly two thousand tasting notes in the last eight years, so I will claim some decent frame of reference! So, for the fourth … Continue reading The Top 10 Wines of 2015 for Literature Lovers

The Top Ten Wines of 2014 for Fine Press Fans

Though one must be very careful to not turn their favorite fine press book a deep crimson by accidental spilling, there is nothing like an appropriately chosen, hand-made, artisan fine wine to enhance your reading pleasure! So, for the third year running, I present my favorite ten wines of the previous year, despite having to admit how much wine I tried in the previous twelve … Continue reading The Top Ten Wines of 2014 for Fine Press Fans

Mostly Yummy – Wine Tasting Notes, May-July 2014

Another bevy of wines made their way through my hopefully not oversaturated gullet during the past few months. While I would like to claim this being an unselfish act to provide you, dear reader, with lots of wine choices, honesty dictates that I just come straight out and say that the imbibing was purely done for my own enjoyment! Still, a positive side effect is the list … Continue reading Mostly Yummy – Wine Tasting Notes, May-July 2014

Wine Tasting Notes from February through April, 2014

I gave my liver a strong workout over the past few months to provide you some wine guidance! 37 wines, mostly from Italy, France and the United States, with a couple German wines thrown in. Only one 95+ classic wine, but plenty of 90-94 point outstanding wines, and some relatively good bargains. Speaking of points, I realize I never gave you what the point scale means to me: 95-100 … Continue reading Wine Tasting Notes from February through April, 2014

New Year, More Wines! January 2014 Wine Tasting Notes

A New Year brings with it trying a bunch of new wines. This January’s selection reminds me of why France has ruled the wine world for so long. Forget the uber-expensive top-of-the-line stuff where France has long been the world’s best (or at least, most sought after). Even in the more affordable range, France produces excellent wine across a wide range of varietals. The 2011 … Continue reading New Year, More Wines! January 2014 Wine Tasting Notes

Wine Tasting Notes from Fall 2013

Fall brought many outstanding wines my way. Nothing truly mind-glowingly great, but very few misses. The 2007 Alban Reva, from Rhone Ranger pioneer John Alban, is as black and thick of a wine one can imagine; the classic definition of a BIG new world wine. Yet, it remains well balanced and a taste powerhouse. Fred Scherrer knocks it out of the park with his no … Continue reading Wine Tasting Notes from Fall 2013