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CHANIN WINE COMPANY

It was in 2011 when I first visited Gavin Chanin who had just launched his own winery after an apprenticeship at Au Bon Climat and Qupé with Jim Clendenin and Bob Lindquist (to read that article click here). Gavin could not have had better mentors. I have known Jim since before he launched Au Bon […]

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2018 ROSÉS – PART 3

  The 2018 Rosés keep rolling in and it is clear that carefully selected there are many stunning wines. I have written 2 earlier articles on 2018 rosés and I would urge you to read them for more suggestions and background (to read my first 2018 rosé article click here and to read part 2 […]

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BONNY DOON VINEYARD LAUNCHES A NEW LE CIGARE VOLANT & LE CIGARE BLANC

  THE WINES ARE STUNNING & REPRESENT SOARING VALUE!   Randall Grahm is the Bonny Doon Vineyard founder and winemaker. My long time good friend, wine buddy and Underground Associate Editor, Ed Lazarus, introduced me to Randall in the 1970s. Randall was searching for property to plant Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains and we went […]

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2018 ROSÉ – Part 2

    Earlier this year I wrote about the high expectations I had for the 2018 Rosé vintage based on tasting only a few wines (to read that article click here). And, now a few months later I have tasted nearly 100 2018 Rosés and I can say that without question there are many great […]

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RIDGE VINEYARDS – SPRING 2019 RELEASES

   The Ridge Vineyards Spring 2019 releases are out. They feature 4 red wines and 1 white wine. And, true to form, they are all delicious wines with the typical Ridge character, balance, and appeal (to read a recent Ridge Vineyards article with notes on some of the wines released last year as well as […]

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TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD – SPRING 2019 RELEASES

  The Tablas Creek Vineyard spring 2019 releases are here and, as usual, they are not to be missed. This year there are six wines including two delicious white wines, two beautiful rosés, and two lovely red wines. These are wines not to miss. They represent the perfect trifecta! My notes on these six wines […]

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HAT TRICK WINES FROM TOAD HOLLOW VINEYARDS

Under the radar Toad Hollow Vineyards has come up with the hat trick producing 3 Outstanding new releases – one white, one rosé, and one red. They are all delicious and great bargains. If you like wines that are pure, balanced, and flavorful as I do then it is time for you to try this […]

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TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD – FALL 2018 RELEASES

  The Tablas Creek Vineyard fall releases are out and, as usual, they are wines not to be missed. There are 6 wines in total including 4 white wines and 2 red wines. All are really delicious. Tablas Creek Vineyard consistently produces really amazing and well-priced wines that few other California wineries can match (to read […]

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RIDGE VINEYARDS – FALL 2018 RELEASES

  The Ridge Vineyards fall 2018 releases are out. They feature 5 red wines. And, true to form, they are all delicious wines with the typical Ridge character, balance, and appeal (to read the most recent Ridge Vineyards article with a note on ingredient labeling and links to all previous Ridge Vineyards articles click here). […]

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2017 ROSÉS – PART II

This is the follow up to my first 2017 Rosé article. In that article I made reference to Part II and said that it will contain many notes on more rosés from different countries and regions plus many more notes on rosés from areas represented in the article. I also said that the format of […]

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