Fogust is behind us, Karl the Fog is set for vacation, a proper Bay Area summer is under way, and that can only mean it's time for another installment in our value hunt - one tailored to the sunny days on the way in the next month.
Inky, black Petite Sirah grapes Personal opinions abound regarding Merlot, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Yet, when people are asked their thoughts on Petite Sirah the response is usually a blank stare.
Welcome to our top year-end picks for 2012. Note that these are not necessarily our highest scoring wines of the year (even if all are 90+ points), but rather selected from a long list of candidates based on several criteria.
This classic southern Rhône blend from the charismatic Rhônemeister Michel Chapoutier punches above its not inconsiderable weight with an invitingly spicy aroma and huge dollops of vibrant blackberry fruit supported by a lively, textured succulence.
The Perrin family are one of the few large French producers who entered California and managed to actually make something distinctly Californian, jump start a lesser known region, push a new way of thinking about certain grape varieties in the state, and actually make excellent wine.
This Valentine’s Day show your affection to your sweetie with a bottle, or few, of rosé. Rosé wines reach from bone dry and elegant, to sparkling and celebratory and through to sweet and sultry. Just as pink is the half way hue between white and red on the colour spectrum, drinking pink offers up the best of both in the wine worlds. You get the freshness and acidity of white wines, plus the structure, berry fruit and tannin presence of reds. This matrimony of styles makes rose wines particularly food-friendly, and the darling of many sommeliers and chefs. You needn’t be either to pick a pack of rosés to suit your Valentine’s Day plans, whether it’s a romantic multicourse dinner à deux, a solo supper or a brunch with family and friends.
Only Rosé wine among the Wine Spectator's TOP 100 published last November, Miraval announced today the release of the 2013 vintage. From Friday, February 7th, 2014, at 9 am (Paris time), a limited quantity of Miraval Rosé will be on sale on the websites http://www.miraval-provence.com/ in France