Varietals: C-E

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2014 Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc – 91 Points

Cabernet Franc in California typically is a different animal than Franc from its home in the Loire Valley in France. New World Francs tend to have hefty tannic structure, are overripe and too often resemble Cabernet Sauvignon, though they shouldn’t.

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2015 Georges Duboeuf Macon-Villages Chardonnay – 89 Points

White Burgundy derives much of its substance from its limestone soils as well as limited interaction with oak; therefore it is a heralded example of how clear and precise Chardonnay can be. The 2015 continues this traditional with a light and crisp style in their Macon-Villages.

Top Ten California Chardonnays - 2016

I tend to taste and drink a lot of wine over the course of a year.  I am in a few tasting groups, sometimes the wines are consumed at various local wine store tastings and a number drunk with friends and family.

Sixty White Wines Recommendations for Autumn

Autumn is here and for most of us, that means shifting from the lighter summer rosés, whites and BBQ Reds into something that matches with heartier food or sitting by the fire on a chilly fall evening.  At every party though there is someone who says they only drink white wine.  Sometimes he or she means sweet, but often dry wines work too.  Just like red wines, however, there are white wines that work great for the autumn season too.  

Sonoma's Must Try Chardonnays - 2015 Best of Sonoma

 

For the 2015 Best of Sonoma Lists we surveyed hundreds of local vintners asking for their inside perspective of the best wines, tasting rooms, and restaurants in Sonoma. 

Sonoma offers a wide range of Chardonnay options—but some are simply too outstanding to miss. We surveyed over a hundred area vintners to help determine the top Sonoma Chardonnay producers (under $100). 

Sonoma's Must Try Cabernet Sauvignons - 2015 Best of Sonoma

 

For the 2015 Best of Sonoma Lists we surveyed hundreds of local vintners asking for their inside perspective of the best wines, tasting rooms, and restaurants in Sonoma. 

If Cabernet Sauvignon runs in your veins, then there are certain Sonoma wineries that you simply can’t come to Sonoma without visiting. To help determine the best of the best, we surveyed over a hundred professional wine producers in the area for their professional recommendations of the best Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignons under $100.

Which California Cabernet Sauvignons Deserve "First Growth" Status?

In 1855, the Exposition Universelle was held in Paris to showcase all that was good in France.  Emperor Napoleon III requested the leading Bordeaux merchants to rank the best wines.  The top wines were rated as First Growths.  Over the years, many people in the rest of the world have discussed what wines from their country would be First Growths.  I am often asked what I think the First Growths of California are.  It is an interesting conversation with lots of room for debate.

Chianti for Summer - The Wine List - September 2014

Mention Chianti to some people and the last thing they think of is a great quality wine.  They remember the cheap wines in college that came in the straw basket that was better as a candle holder than a wine.  Or worse, that Hannibal Lecter drank Chianti with a man’s liver and fava beans.  There are, however, some really great Chianti’s.  For a brief synopsis of Chianti, here is the first article I ever wrote for IntoWine. 

Ten California Cabernet Sauvignons for the Money

California Cabernets are some of the best wines in the world.  Unfortunately, the pricing on many of them has gotten quite exorbitant.  There are a plethora of great wines for $100 or more.  Even at the $75 mark, there is no shortage of outstanding wines.  So, for purposes of this list, these are my favorite five California Cabernets priced at under $25 per bottle.  In addition, I only chose wines that are very consistent from vintage to vintage.  Finally, I have avoided rare and hard to find wines for this list. 

Creating Pedigree: Cabernet and Paso Robles

Napa lays claim to Cabernet Sauvignon like they invented it. Certainly they are dominant region where it’s grown in the U.S., but Paso Robles is positioning itself to give Napa a run for its money and this central California region is producing Cabernet and Bordeaux blends offering incredible value and diversity, something Napa has strayed from.

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