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NEW RELEASES FROM DOMAINE-SAUMAIZE MICHELIN

  GREAT VALUES IN WHITE BURGUNDY Christine and Roger Saumaize-Michelin As I have said before, this Domaine is on a roll and making consistently wonderful White Burgundies at affordable prices. Located in Vergisson just south of Mâcon in Southern Burgundy, Roger and Christine Saumaize took over this domaine in 1978. They make numerous vineyard designated […]

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TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD: FIVE OUTSTANDING NEW RELEASES

  The new releases from Tablas Creek Vineyard include 3 white wines from the 2015 vintage, 1 white wine from the 2014 vintage, and 1 red wine from the 2014 vintage. As usual the wines are really lovely and very good values. Tablas Creek Vineyard continues to produce amazingly good and very consistent wines. And, […]

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MORE 2015 ROSÉS

  The beginning of summer is just around the corner and the 2015 rosé season is now in full swing. As I do every year, I have been happily tasting and drinking my way through a wide assortment of new rosés. Here is what I had to say in my first article on 2015 rosés: […]

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CALERA – LATEST RELEASES

My history with Calera goes back some 35 years when I first visited the new winery and tasted the first wines from the 1978 vintage. Since then I have followed their remarkable progress (to read my latest article based on my August 2015 visit including new and old wines and links to earlier articles click […]

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RIDGE VINEYARDS – SPRING 2016 RELEASES

The spring releases from Ridge Vineyards are now on the market. And, true to form, the wines are terrific. Most of these wines I tasted on my last visit to Ridge (to read those notes as well as notes on other wines including wines tasted from barrel as well as background information on Ridge and […]

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TIS THE SEASON: 2015 ROSÉS ARE HERE

                                 THE 2015 ROSÉS ARE SIMPLY DELICIOUS As the spring season marches along the 2015 rosés are leading the wine parade. From a very small beginning not that many years ago, rosés have soared in popularity. Over these years The Underground has been a leader in the rosé wine parade. And, just as it does […]

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NEW RELEASES FROM TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD

  The early 2016 wines from Tablas Creek Vineyard have just been released. They are a 2015 white wine, two 2015 rosés, two 2014 red wines, and one 2013 red wine. As usual the wines are really lovely and very good values. Tablas Creek Vineyard continues to produce amazingly good and very consistent wines. I […]

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CALERA WINE COMPANY

Stunning New Releases I have been familiar with Calera since the inaugural vintage in 1978 and first visited the winery just after those wines were released (to read notes on the first Calera wines in the Barrels and Bottles feature of The Underground Wineletter Volume II, Number 2 Oct-Nov 1980 click here). My most recent […]

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DOMAINE BALLOT-MILLOT ET FILS: THE 2013S ARE HERE

  If you value finesse and elegance in White and Red Burgundy as I do, then these are wines for you. I have been buying them, cellaring them, and drinking them for several years now. I buy them each year and it is always a pleasure to drink them young or with several years additional […]

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2014 ROSÉS – IS IT THE SEASON OR THE END OF THE SEASON?

  I think year round is the season for rosé. But, the cries from some importers and retailers would imply the season is over. A friend mentioned to me in August that some East Coast importers and wholesalers were rushing to unload their remaining 2014 rosés. Why? Because in this country there is the fixation […]

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