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.
Second Label for Allegrini Amarone Classico Some of the best values in wine often come from a well-known producer’s second label. To clarify, these are not the exact same wine bottled with a different label and sold for less.
I occasionally taste some really great wines from a specific country that earn a very high rating on the quality-to-price ratio, or QPR, scale and think, Wow, what a great wine. I'd love to write about this.