USA, California, Paso Robles: Saxum’s 2018s

I’ve eagerly anticipated the 2018 vintage in Paso Robles, where cooler temperatures resulted in elegant, lifted wines. The Saxum 2018s do not disappoint....

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USA, California, Napa Valley: More New 2018 Releases

In Part 3 of my coverage of Napa Valley's 2018s, I continue to find impressive consistency with a lot of vibrant, evocative wines to recommend....

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My 2020 Wine Discoveries: Erin Brooks

In an effort to democratize the playing field, I’ve highlighted several wines of great quality and value this year....

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USA, California, Central Coast: The 2018 Vintage

The 2018 vintage in California was much cooler than previous warm vintages from 2012-2017. Those who kept a close check on yields crafted stunning wines....

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USA, California, Napa Valley: More 2017s & A Final Word on Smoke Taint

Everyone appears to be afraid to mention smoke taint, but it is one of the most important wine quality issues facing our industry today....

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USA, California: Fingers Crossed – New Releases

This is "take two" for Nikolas Krankl (son of Sine Qua Non's Manfred Krankl) and his wife Julia, who have recently started making their own wines. Prior to a potential...

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USA, California, Sonoma: Vérité 2017 New Releases

As my tasting notes will attest, I am very excited about how these 2017 Vérité wines turned out—they stand out among the top wines of this vintage....

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California (50 Index), Here We Come

Back in July, we noted that Dominus 2014 was the top traded U.S. wine by value in 2018 so far. Keeping with this U.S. trend, Liv-ex has created the California...

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USA, California, Sonoma County: Where the Wild Things Are

During one of my regular dinners at a Napa restaurant with Ron Washam, AKA the Hosemaster of Wine, where we continually try (and inevitably fail) to set the wine world...

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Top 5 New Releases from Gallo

And they’re all rated 93+ points and higher....

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