2015 San Pedro Epica Cabernet Sauvignon 

What it says on the back of the bottle: Discovery.  Adventure.  The thrill of something new.  Epica is about experiencing more.  It’s about moments: getting together with friends and sharing spirited conversation, good food, and great wine.  This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with rich flavors of blackberries and raspberry jam with a smooth finish…

2014 M. Chapoutier Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche

What it says on the back of the bottle: M. Chapoutier My reference A permanent objective to work on differences in tastes, to bring out the specific tastes provided by each local terroir and wine.  This is how we could sum up the Chapoutier Estate quest, which has been present in the Rhône Valley since…

2014 Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages

What it says on the back of the bottle: Origin:  Produced in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy which is well-suited to the Chardonnay grape.  It is made without oak contact to maximize the vibrant flavor. Grape:  100% unoaked Chardonnay Flavor:  Bright and crisp, with notes of apple; a classic expression of this Burgundy grape. Pairings:…

2014 The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon

What it says on the back of the bottle: Do you have a taste for risk, a curious nature, and a daring spirit?  Then join The Seeker on a global wine adventure!  Embark on your own sensory safari with wines made by family wineries focused on their regional specialties- from New Zealand to Germany, France…

Article about Pinot Grigio

3 types of Pinot Grigio – Wine Folly A very interesting article from wine folly explaining three distinct types of Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris.  The wine I reviewed 2014 Barone Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio would fall into the “Minerally & Dry” Pinot Grigio, which explains why I didn’t taste the honey flavor I usually associate with…

2014 Barone Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio

What it says on the back of the bottle: A crisp, dry wine from northern Italy, it is fresh and fruity with a flowery bouquet.  A perfect accompaniment to light dishes or by itself, as an excellent aperitif. _____ This wine was a clear, moderately yellow color in the glass.  The nose was subtle and…

Explaining my tasting “scale”

There are probably a million ways to rate wines.   Many professional publications rate on a 100 point scale, judging such things as taste, nose, clarity, etc… and creating an all-encompassing final evaluation.  There is value in this approach.  It allows for nuanced judgement of wine and easier comparisons to determine if one wine is…