A Guide to Wine, Food & the Good Life

Underground Wine Line

Similar Articles:

  1. WINE & TRUTH
  2. 2018 STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION WINNERS
  3. ATTENTION WINE DRINKERS: THIS BUD’S FOR YOU!
  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  5. BURGUNDY 2018
  6. WHAT DO NUMBERS HAVE TO DO WITH IT?
  7. THE ROSÉ PARADE
  8. BOOK ON ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER PUBLISHED BY UNDERGROUND'S CONTRIBUTING EDITOR CHRISTINE GRAHAM
  9. A NATIONAL CONTEST TO SEE WHICH 100 POINT WINE WRITER HAS THE MOST CREATIVE WINE DESCRIPTIONS
  10. 2017 STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION WINNERS
  11. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
  12. NEWS FLASH – HAS FAKE NEWS TAKEN OVER THE WINE GAME?
  13. 2016 STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION AWARD WINNERS AND MORE!
  14. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!
  15. BURGUNDY – 2016 VISIT
  16. YIKES! THE 1000 POINT WINE SCORE IS HERE
  17. CHAMPAGNE DAY 2016
  18. OUTSTANDING OLD MARSANNAY ROSÉS
  19. A MONTE BELLO TOAST TO PAUL DRAPER
  20. THE PERILS OF FARMING – MOTHER NATURE DEVESTATES BURGUNDY
  21. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME OF YEAR IT IS ON THE WINE CALENDAR?
  22. THE DAILY MEAL WINERY AWARDS
  23. STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION OF THE YEAR?
  24. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!
  25. ENCORE: DEAR SANTA, WE’VE GOT A LITTLE LIST
  26. BACK TO THE FUTURE
  27. A VIEW OF THE 2015 BURGUNDY VINTAGE IN ADVANCE OF THE ANNUAL UNDERGROUND WINELETTER TRIP TO BURGUNDY TO TASTE THE 2014S
  28. I HATE TO TELL YOU “I TOLD YOU SO” BUT “I TOLD YOU SO!”
  29. WHAT’S IN YOUR WINE GLASS?
  30. MORE ON BIB WINE
  31. THE JUDGMENT OF MOSCOW
  32. ROSÉ WINES AND THE GREAT ROSÉS OF PROVENCE
  33. A SHOT OUT OF THE BLUE: WE HAVE A NEW ENTRY IN THE WINE INGREDIENT LABELING DERBY
  34. PREMOX: “WHEREFORE ART THOU?”
  35. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!
  36. PREVIEW: ALONG THE BUGUNDY TRAIL VINTAGE 2013
  37. CAUTION! WHAT’S IN YOUR WINE?
  38. FOR THE LOVE OF ROSÉS
  39. THE BEST WINERIES IN AMERICA - THE TOP 4 ARE FROM CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL COAST!
  40. STOP THE PRESSES! THERE IS A NEW SCORING SYSTEM!
  41. WINE WRITING – WHAT IS IT?
  42. POLYESTER WINES
  43. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!
  44. THE UNDERGROUND IS BACK!
  45. CALLING TIME OUT
  46. ROSÉ - IT’S TIME HAS COME
  47. ARE NUTRITIONAL LABELS COMING TO ALCOHOLIC DRINKS?
  48. THE BLENDING GAME: ROSÉ & MORE
  49. ATTENTION ALL WINE CONSUMERS: WINE INGREDIENT LABELING IS HERE!
  50. EXCLUSIVE NEWS FLASH!
  51. THE GREATER FOOL?
  52. DOMAINE ALBERT GRIVAULT
  53. TASTING WINE VS. DRINKING WINE - IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
  54. A PAIR TO DRAW TO & A GUIDE FOR WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WINES THAT ARE FOOD FRIENDLY, BALANCED, AND CAPABLE OF AGING FOR AN EXTENDED TIME
  55. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!
  56. THE UNDERGROUND HISTORY AS WE BRIEFLY LOOK BACK AND THEN CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
  57. BYE BYE BIG KAHUNA
  58. A LOOK AT NV CHAMPAGNE – IS IT REALLY DIFFERENT THIS TIME?
  59. FAKE WINES IN CHINA - THE BEAT GOES ON
  60. 2011 BURGUNDY – THE SURPRISE VINTAGE
  61. THE MARRIAGE BLEND
  62. LOOKING FOR OLD WINE WITH IMPECCABLE PROVENANCE?
  63. WINE FRAUD AND A WINE DETECTIVE - THE STORY OF DON CORNWELL
  64. HISTORIC VINEYARD SOCIETY
  65. DON’T GET YOUR KNICKERS IN A TWIST!
  66. THE BLENDING GAME - IS IT TIME FOR THREE BUCK CHUCK?
  67. EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN DYING TO KNOW ABOUT NEWLY RELEASED CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS!
  68. COUNTERFEIT WINE AND THE ROLE OF CHINA
  69. THE JUDGMENT OF PRINCETON
  70. WHEN TO TASTE, DRINK, & ENJOY YOUNG WINES & WHAT ABOUT ROSÉ?
  71. THE VINEYARD OR THE WINEMAKING? WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
  72. BLENDING GAME PREVIEW
  73. PREDICTING THE FUTURE!
  74. AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE WINE FOLLIES: THE ANSWER WAS LYING IN PLAIN SIGHT
  75. THE PERFECT WINE?
  76. ATTENTION COSTCO WINE SHOPPERS: WHEN IS A ROSÉ NOT A ROSÉ?
  77. NAPA VALLEY WINES – JUST WHEN I THOUGHT WE HAD SEEN EVERYTHING!
  78. THE WINE FRAUD STORY – THE BEAT GOES ON!
  79. DO WINE AND TOILET PAPER HAVE ANYTHING IN COMMON?
  80. WINE JUSTICE STRIKES!
  81. FOODIES FIGHTING FOR FOIE!
  82. CALLING ALL WINE INVESTORS
  83. ONE WINEDRINKER’S OBSERVATIONS OVER NEARLY 30 YEARS: TWO FACES OF FRAUD? MORE TO COME?
  84. NEWS FLASH -- NEW ALCOHOL WARNING LABELS FOR WINE MAY SOON BE ISSUED!
  85. ROSÉ IS THE PERFECT ANTI WINE
  86. AN ENIGMA WRAPPED IN A RIDDLE – CAN AN UGLY DUCKLING BECOME A SWAN?
  87. STOP THE WINE PRESS! THE FBI HAS MOVED TO STOP WINE FRAUD!
  88. 2004 WHITE BURGUNDIES: PREMOX OR NOT? THE BEAT GOES ON!
  89. GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS
  90. WHAT’S ULLAGE GOT TO DO WITH IT? - THE CURIOUS CASE OF 1928 LA GAFFELIÉRE NAUDES
  91. LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE!
  92. WINE FRAUD – LIGHTNING STRIKES!
  93. WINE FRAUD – CAVEAT EMPTOR!
  94. BIRDS OF A FEATHER - LAUGHABLE WINE DESCRIPTIONS
  95. TIS THE SEASON!
  96. WHAT’S IN YOUR WINE BOTTLE?
  97. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!
  98. A NEW WINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS THAT HAS EVERYONE BUZZED
  99. WHAT IS A WINE CONSUMER TO DO?
  100. IS IT DRINK NOW AND PAY LATER? YOU BET YOUR SWEET BIPPY, BUT BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!
  101. BE THE MASTER OF YOUR DOMAIN!
  102. TAKE A DIFFERENT VIEW THAT IS EASY ON YOUR PALATE AND ON YOUR WALLET
  103. ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL - OCTOBER 2011
  104. Z IS FOR ZINFANDEL
  105. A NOTE FROM DARRELL CORTI
  106. THE BIRDS ARE STILL FLOCKING – WATCH OUT BELOW!
  107. SOME MORE BIG HOUSE RELATIVES PAY A VISIT TO THE UNDERGROUND
  108. WINE & CLOSURE
  109. YIKES! THE TIDE MAY BE GOING OUT SOON! WHO’S SWIMMING NAKED?
  110. WHAT IS WINE?
  111. HALLELUJAH!
  112. BLENDING GAME -- BLENDING MAN TO THE RESCUE
  113. HEARD ON THE GRAPEVINE
  114. NOW APPEARING AT A STORE NEAR YOU - DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA STARRING MALBEC & TORRONTES
  115. BLENDING PARTY – A NEW TWIST – FLASH DASH – WHAT'S IN YOUR GLASS?
  116. BBBB TRIBUTE
  117. OMG - IS IT THE END OF THE WORLD OR NOT?
  118. TAKE THE WINE CHALLENGE - BLENDING IS YOUR FRIEND!
  119. THE BORDEAUX ROAD AHEAD - A BUBBLE, A SPEED BUMP, OR BLISS?
  120. HERE AT LAST – BEYOND 100 POINTS – NIRVANA!
  121. BIRDS OF A FEATHER…
  122. FLASH! BIG NUMBERS WINE CRITIC ISSUES REPORT ON 2009 BEAUJOLAIS
  123. SPÄTBURGUNDER – WHAT IS IT?
  124. PINOT GRIS. IT'S FOR ME. DO YOU KNOW PINOT GRIS?
  125. THE BEAT GOES ON AND ON … “SUM YUNG VINE” X 2
  126. AND THE BEAT GOES ON…
  127. 100-POINT WINES – GET ‘EM WHILE YOU CAN!
  128. STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE!
  129. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! IT'S TIME TO GIVE THANKS AND ENJOY FOOD AND WINE!
  130. WOW! 2009 RED BURGUNDIES. STAY TUNED!!
  131. TIME TO GET INTO BEAUJOLAIS!
  132. A BARGAIN AT WHAT PRICE?
  133. VINOUS DRIVE-BY -- IT'S THE DRIVE-BY SIP AND SPIT!
  134. WINE TASTING OF THE MILLENNIUM
  135. ANSWER TO WINE TASTING OF THE MILLENNIUM
  136. PAST LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
  137. DEAR SANTA, WE'VE GOT A LITTLE LIST
  138. THE UNDERGROUND IS BACK!
  139. WHY THE “UNDERGROUND” WINELETTER? ARE WE TERRORISTS?

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

  As humans we are all confronted with the fact that none of us can accurately see the future. Yet that does not stop some from professing to have magical predictive powers.  But, most of us learn to expect the unexpected. Even so, 2017 brought several twists in my life. For a part of the […]

Click here to read entire article »

NEWS FLASH – HAS FAKE NEWS TAKEN OVER THE WINE GAME?

These days it seems that everyone is buzzing about fake news. The government may even introduce a law that will teach people how to spot fake news. And, there is another move that is gaining some traction that would teach wine drinkers how to spot and identify fake wines. But, like fake news, fake wines […]

Click here to read entire article »

2016 STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION AWARD WINNERS AND MORE!

Early last year I issued a challenge for readers to send in their favorite stupid wine descriptions (to read that article with links to lots of other stupid wine descriptions click here). The descriptions trickled in, but at the end there was one clear winner who sent in multiple entries. These include all the descriptions […]

Click here to read entire article »

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

  It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost that time again -Time to bring in the new and say goodbye to  the past. And, what a year it has been. It was minor in the scheme of things. But in the wine world we were shaken by the confirmation that wine merchant Premier Cru was […]

Click here to read entire article »

BURGUNDY – 2016 VISIT

  Accompanied by my longtime friends John Brincko and Geoffrey Troy, who are also Contributing Editors to the Underground, I have just returned from Burgundy. We enjoyed wonderful sunny weather with the vineyards ablaze with color and tasted 2015 Burgundies from barrel. This was the 36th year of Burgundy visits to taste wine from barrel. […]

Click here to read entire article »

YIKES! THE 1000 POINT WINE SCORE IS HERE

  The 1000 point wine scoring system to replace an already exaggerated 100 point wine scoring system is one of the things I have joked about for years (to read an article on the absurdity of 1000 point scoring click here). But, guess what? In today’s strange world the 1000 point score is here and […]

Click here to read entire article »

CHAMPAGNE DAY 2016

  From the very early days, The Underground Wineletter has been a big fan of Champagne with a very large number of Champagne articles written over nearly four decades (click here to read the Retrospective Review of our first article on Champagne from December 1979). And, I have always said that at our house every […]

Click here to read entire article »

OUTSTANDING OLD MARSANNAY ROSÉS

  I have always maintained that rosés do not have to be consumed the first year they are offered for sale. Many can be kept for years and many improve with additional age (to read an article on this subject click here). This allows for buying rosés and keeping them for some years and also […]

Click here to read entire article »

A MONTE BELLO TOAST TO PAUL DRAPER

A LEGEND IN HIS TIME Paul Draper, the winemaker and CEO of Ridge Vineyards for nearly 50 years, recently announced his retirement. In my mind Paul was the California wine industry’s guiding force in continuing traditional wine making practices and making consistently great wines during his entire career at Ridge Vineyards. The history of Ridge […]

Click here to read entire article »

THE PERILS OF FARMING – MOTHER NATURE DEVESTATES BURGUNDY

  During the week of April 25 a devastating cold weather system and frost ravaged Burgundy. Below is a report from Alex Gambal. Alex Gambal is an American who went to Burgundy and, literally starting from scratch, has been able to establish a thriving  business in less than 20 years  (to read more about Alex […]

Click here to read entire article »
To subscribe and be notified anytime we post a new article, enter your email address in the box below, then click on Subscribe Now.
Links to Our Friends View All Articles