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WhitehavenSauvignon Blanc, 2016Marlborough, New Zealand, $20Don’t let the price of this wine put you off. It’s a bit expensive for my purse too...

Mont Gravet2015 Cotes De Gascogne, ColombardGascony, France, $10.99Mont Gravet, a light, refreshing, low-alcohol white wine, is perfect for...

Four Vines NakedUnoaked Chardonnay, 2015Santa Barbara County, Calif., $13.99Four Vines Naked Chardonnay is aptly named.The wine’s crisp, bright...

Chateau MontaudRose, 2016Cotes de Provence, France, $14.99Vintners have been making dry, pink wine in Provence since 600 B.C., and they have gotten...

The Original Dark HorsePinot Grigio, 2016California, $9.99The Original Dark Horse is a gateway wine, according to a recently published article in...

California Red Offers Flavor For a Cause

5/16/17

Purple HeartRed Wine, 2014Napa Valley, California, $20Generally, I’m reluctant to get overly excited about wines with a cause. They often seem like...

Pere et FilsCinsault Syrah Rose2015 Languedoc, France, $8.99The rosé season is upon us, and a glass of Laurent Miquel’s Pere et Fils pale-pink wine...

Bread & ButterChardonnay, 2015Napa, Calif., $14.99Bread & Butter Chardonnay is among the top-selling super premium wines in the country...

La Manarine Cotes du Rhone, Red, 2014 Travaillan, France, $13.99In the world of wine, Domaine La Manarine is a relatively minor player — about 89...

Les Hauts de LagardeRougeBordeaux, France, 2015, $12.99This is a period of transition on many fronts.There still may be snow on the ground and...

A Pinot Noir Worth Buying By the Case

3/8/17

Castle Rock Pinot Noir, 2014Mendocino County, California, $12.99Castle Rock Pinot Noir got my attention a month or so ago when I found a bottle on...

Fortant Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013Sete, Languedoc, France, $11.99Part of the fun of writing this column is that I often need to look for largely...

Estancia Chardonnay, 2014Monterey County, California, $11.99Legendary winemaker Agustin Huneeus started Estancia Estates at the old Paul Masson...

BroadsideCabernet Sauvignon, 2014Paso Robles, California, $15.99Although it might be hard to tell from our contradictory weather these days, we’re...

Kim CrawfordPinot Noir, 2014Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand, $19.99Nobilo IconPinot Noir, 2014Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand, $16...

Lunetta ProseccoVeneto, Italy, $11.99Lunetta Prosecco is one of the hottest sparkling wine brands on the American market, and there’s a good reason...

Chloe Pinot Noir, 2014Monterey County, California, $14.99At first blush, one wouldn’t think that the producer of one of world’s most popular “brown...

Raise Your Glass: Chianti Gets an Upgrade

11/29/16

Ruffino Chianti, 2014Tuscany, Italy, $9.99My first impression of Chianti, as it is for many people, was the iconic straw-wrapped bottle, not the...

Raise Your Glass: Wines for Thanksgiving

11/15/16

MorganCotes du Crow’s, 2014Monterey, Calif., $14.99Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier, 2015Napa, California, $14.99Finding a wine that goes with...

Edna Valley VineyardChardonnay, 2014Central Coast, California, $14.99A couple of decades ago, back before the brand hit the skids, Edna Valley...

Mionetto Gran RoseExtra DryItaly, $13.99Mionetto Gran Rose is a very good sparkling wine with lots of rich fruit flavors that reflect the expertise...

La Maldita2015 GarnachaRioja, Spain, $12.99The Spanish native Garnacha is a little grumpy.The grape is thin-skinned and sensitive. It’s hard to...

Don’t Judge A Wine  By Its Label

9/20/16

Simple LifePinot Noir, 2014California, $12.99Sometimes finding the right name for a child, a pet or even a wine can be difficult.Naming can take...

MAN Family WinesChenin Blanc, 2015, $10.99Agter-Paarl region, South AfricaWhen someone suggested that I try MAN Family Wines’ Chenin Blanc, my...

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem 2015 Rose, 2013 White Languedoc, France, $10.99In the early 1970s when I was first widening my wine experience beyond the...

From the desk in his home office, Robert Haas has a wide view of the well-trimmed grounds around his family’s restored 1806 farmhouse, and he...

Raise Your Glass: A Great Oregon Pinot Noir

7/26/16

Erath, 2014 Pinot Noir Dundee, Oregon, $18.99Erath Oregon Pinot Noir is priced above my usual comfort level, but so are most exceptional Pinot...

Nobilo, Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Regional CollectionMarlborough, New Zealand$13.99 During the last couple of decades, some of the world’s...

Dibon Brut Reserve CavaPenedes, Spain, $12.99I’ve been thinking about sparkling wine lately because it’s well suited for steamy summer nights; just...

Famille PerrinCotes du Rhone, FranceReserve, 2014, $12.99The Perrins, who own Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, are the rock stars of...

VivancoRioja Blanco, 2015Briones, La Rioja Alta, Spain, $13.99Vivanco, a family-owned company dedicated to preserving the heritage of winemaking...

Raise Your Glass: A Terrific Mouton Cadet

5/17/16

Le Rose de Mouton Cadet, 2015Bordeaux, France, $12.99All the stars have aligned for 2015 Bordeaux wines, which are coming out now, and are being...

A Wine Races Into Contention

5/3/16

Dark HorseChardonnay, 2014California, $10.99When I see a wine suddenly pop up on the shelves of almost every store in the area that sells alcoholic...

On separate occasions during the last six months, a couple of friends have recommended that I try Mark West Pinot Noir, and although I respect...

A Wine to Sip As You Dream Of Warm Days

4/5/16

Rio Madre, 2014Graciano RoseRioja, Spain, $12.99I agree with A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor that people who live in colder climates...

Septima Malbec 2014Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, $11.99I might as well say it up front: Argentine Malbec is best with food, especially red...

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