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Quality You Can Take to the Bank

Over the past several months, I have recommended a number of exceptional wines from Merry Edwards Winery, regarded by many as the queen of California pinot noir.

Although Merry Edwards launched her career making top-notch cabernet sauvignon at Mount Eden in the Santa Cruz Mountains, she really found her mojo when she relocated to the Russian ...Read more

A Rare 100-Point Wine

It isn't often that I award a wine a perfect score of 100 points. I don't keep track, but over the past 25 years and the thousands of wine samples that have crossed my desk, I'd guess I've unloaded a 100-point rating a dozen times -- two dozen at most.

I remember a vintage of the Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico from Italy and the Stelling ...Read more

10 Great Whites for Spring

Dear Readers,

We were saddened to learn the Robert Whitley has passed way. Robert's contribution to the wine industry will be remembered fondly. We will continue to run previously published columns by Whitley.

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The snowstorm that blanketed New York City and much of the northeast in recent...Read more

Time to Think Pink

The arrival of Valentine's Day marks a turning point for many wine enthusiasts, particularly those who have recently come to love dry rose wines.

Not only is dry rose a natural for the Valentine's tradition but it also signals the coming of spring and warmer days. Rose wines, which are seldom aged in oak barrels, are typically among the first ...Read more

Better With Age

Years ago, on a trip to Bordeaux to taste samples from a new vintage, I had the opportunity to have dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. The host, Domaine de Chevalier owner Olivier Bernard, used the occasion to raid the Chevalier cellar for a couple of seriously old bottles of wine.

If memory serves, the vintage was 1927, or thereabouts. There were...Read more

Super Wines for $20 or Less

The party animal within most wine enthusiasts presents an eternal conflict. When serving a large gathering, do you go for quality or price? For all but those with the deepest pockets, price generally wins.

That is, unless you can do both. With a modest budget of $10 to $20 a bottle, I'm of the opinion that anybody can throw a party with world-...Read more

Wine-Pairing Myths

If you find it useful when someone suggests a specific food to pair with a specific wine, you aren't alone. I appreciate the advice and often make my own suggestions. Fresh crab with Chablis; oysters with Muscadet; and Champagne with lox are specific pairings I enjoy and sometimes pass along. The problem with suggested pairings, however, is that...Read more



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