Wine Reviews

    • Wines of the Week: Fruit, Flower, Structure, Texture, Mystery

      A good wine has a frame, an armature, like the one inside a building or a sculpture, except this frame’s components are acid, structure, texture, and fruit. Acid for refreshment. Structure for substance and strength. Texture because we crave it. Fruit, but not too much, for deliciousness. A great wine builds upon the good wine’s frame, adding new elements in layers.

      Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Table -
    • Celebrating that Special Bottle

      There are times in your life when you splurge on a special bottle, and wait for that right moment to finally open it. Sometimes you wait for the annual “Open That Bottle Night.” Sometimes you wait for the right company. Sometimes you wait too late and the bottle has gone bad. And sometimes it’s just a simple birthday… or so you think.

      Vindulgein Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc- 1 readers -
  • Wine Reviews: California Pinot Noir

    … soil. A Pinot Noir that covers all the bases, and does it well. Aged in French oak, 25% new. (90 points IJB) Review: 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard - California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast SRP: $37 Light medium ruby color. Vibrant cherries on the nose, cool currants, some charcoal and clove mixed in with caramel. Full…

    Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blogin Pinot Noir- 6 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 20, 2014

    … is classy fruity and savory interchanges throughout and the low alcohol and medium weight add to the pleasure, drink from 2014 to 2018. ($24 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on December 20, 2014 by admin.… 4 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 19, 2014

    …, hazelnuts and earthy notes. There is plenty of tension, vigor and life in this well balanced Burgundy and the acidity is a driving and lifting force behind the scenes, letting the texture to fill out in the mouth and delivers outstanding pure detailing in the wine. From start to finish this wine oozes elegance and grace, drink from 2015 to 2022, this is exquisite Chardonnay! ($60 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive avail at This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on December 19, 2014 by admin.…

    grapelive.comin Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Budget Wine: RR Rare Red 4 Grape Blend NV California

    … An innovative blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Zinfandel and Primativo by Scotto Cellars. Juicy, juicy, juicy black cherry, slightly candied, with fresh loam and cocoa, a round, soft medium-bodied palate with light tannins, and a short but flavorful finish. This is a bold but cheerful, refreshing wine. Underlying spice notes hint at seriousness…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 3 readers -
  • 2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

    Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 16% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot Region: Napa Valley, CA – USA Cost: $50 (SRP) Winemaker’s Note: Lush and smooth with a deep ruby red color and aromas of black cherry, red plum, and sandalwood that lift out of the glass. The wine has an inviting rich entry with a velvety texture and captivating notes of cassis, cocoa, and ripe wild berries.

    George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru- 5 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 18, 2014

    … 2013 Weingut Theo Minges, Riesling, Gleisweiler, Trocken, Pfalz Germany. The Weingut Minges of Theo Minges and his daughter Regina is really coming into it’s own, and starting to challenge the top flight wineries of the Pfalz region in the southern zone of Germany’s wine area, they are in the process of certification of total biodynamic…

    grapelive.comin Riesling- 3 readers -
  • Giordano Piemonte Cortese d.o.c. 2012

    …Giordano Piemonte Cortese d.o.c. 2012, Piemonte, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 91 A lovely example of this crisp white wine from the Cortese grape, otherwise know as Gavi Di Gavi. The nose offers soft aromas of white peach, pineapple and baking spice. Dances on the palate with juicy acidity. Balanced flavors include ripe pineapple, peach, pear and spice. The long finish is highlighted by notes of pineapple and minerality. Buy This Wine The post Giordano Piemonte Cortese d.o.c. 2012 appeared first on Wine Blog - Bacchus and Beery. …

    Bacchus and Beery- 2 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 17, 2014

    … 2012 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut (M. Chapoutier) Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages Rouge, Roussillon, France. This wonderful blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan comes from intense schist and gneiss soils of the high Agly Valley and crafted by the famed Michel Chapoutier and team at Domaine de Bila-Haut in the wild Roussillon, just south west…

    grapelive.comin Syrah- 4 readers -
  • Wine of the week: Tiefenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2011

    …, or a dynastic marriage, and part of one country would become part of another without any trouble at all. What does this have to do with wine? A lot, actually, as only the Wine Curmudgeon would take the time to point out. Northern Italy wasn’t Italian the way we understand it for most of those of 500 years, but part of various German-speaking states…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 17 readers -
  • Wine and Dine: Rosa Regale 2013 and Mini Cheese Ball Bites

    … walking down the street or desperately hoping that the treats in my car don’t tip or spill while on my way to the party destination. This year it was time for a change! When I found this simple, delicious, and spill-proof recipe for Mini Cheese Ball Bites I knew that had to make them for our neighborhood’s annual Christmas gathering. They were…

    Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences- 7 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 16, 2014

    … 2006 Domaine Olga Raffault, Chinon, Les Picasses, Loire Valley red wine, France. The estate of the late Olga Raffault, a Loire legend, is now run by her granddaughter Sylvie, and her husband Eric de la Vigerie, they still produce wines in the traditional ways and age them in their cellars for an extended time. Recently released is their 2006… 5 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 15, 2014

    … in this beautiful Chardonnay which was aged sur lie in oak for about 18 months, and though the lees were not stirred (no batonage) there is loads of rich character and a hint of smoky wood, without question this is a sexy and top notch wine to savor over the next 5 to 10 years, drink from 2016 to 2024. ($68 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on December 15, 2014 by admin.… 3 readers -
  • The Wine Diva’s Gift Suggestions

    … Any time is a good time for a gift. Whether you are looking for a gift for a “Grape Nut” you know…or this gift is for you…enjoy perusing my top ten – pretty much unexpected — gift selections. An asterick means that item was provided to me at no cost to review. Keep coming back…I change my top ten quite often. New items are added to the top…

    Linda Kissam/ 3 readers -
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