This boutique winery has been pushing out classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc since 1994. It’s a standard in our Wine 101 classes for nearly as long. It’s well made and lays on the exotic white fruit and cantaloupe. The herbal and fresh grass on the nose is unmistakable. $11.99 in PA, $15 elsewhere. Firriato 2015 “Jasmin” Zibibbo, Terre Siciliane (IT)
I read a review of this wine by a local critic that called this wine “sweet.” I think someone mistook a full bodied white wine with a high glycerol content for residual sugar. Zibbio is an exotic grape, that tends to veer towards jasmine aromas, hence the name. It’s got a core of green apple with a velvet texture. It’s finish is briny, reminiscent of green olives. If you are going to ...
Wondering if you’ve got a preferred source for wine cellar racking. I remember your setup and I figured with you being a cheap Scotsman you might have an opinion on the subject. I was going to buy the wall mounted racks but the wife gave me paranoid about if falling out of the wall.Tom got his start at the Wine School over a decade ago, and now works for a national wine company. He could have been a master sommelier if he wanted to, but he went into wine technology instead. Our conversation about building wine cellars ended up becoming this article.
Do You Really Need a Wine Cellar?If you aren’t planning to lay down wine for a long time, don’t worry about building a wine cellar. As long as you aren’t abusing your wine, your wine will keep for a ...
Cabernet Wine ReviewsFind these wines near you: Wine Finder
Mount Veeder 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa ValleyDo pencils grow on trees? This is the ripest graphite I’ve ever tasted. It’s also got an awesome diabetic bondage thing going on: boysenberry, chocolate, and oiled leather. The mint and thyme in the finish tones down some of the aggressive tannins here. PA Wine & Spirits Stores, Chairman’s Selection $24.99
Glenelly 2013 “Glass Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch (South Africa)A standout newcomer to the PLCB wine shops. Licorice and black pepper jump out of the glass. The black fruit reduction. The body is lush and thick with savory eucalyptus. A hint of cigar box and chocolate smoke on the finish. Unctionless delight beyond it’s price point. PA Wine & Spirits Stores, Chairman’s Selection: $12.99
Night Harvest 2013 “John George” Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River (Australia)If you haven’t experiences wines from Western Australia, ...
A few suggestions for this holiday season.
Vinous Napa Valley MapsHere’s something for the wine geek in your circle. Vinous has published a cutting-edge series of vineyard maps. These are not whimsical maps crafted to be hits on social media. These are precise vineyard maps that will be the standard for a generation. Hard-core cartography went into these maps, and are available for six appellations within Napa: Pritchard Hill, Oakville, Stags Leap, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, and Yountville. Vinous Napa Valley Vineyard Maps
Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History
Author Steven Grasse is an interesting man. He’s the Philly native who invented Sailor Jerry rum and Hendrick’s gin. He is also the guy behind the re-boot of Narragansett beer (my favorite part of the movie Jaws), as well as the owner of two new distilleries: Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire, and Art in the Age right ...
Holiday Wine GuideWine is a significant part of every holiday celebration. We serve them at dinner parties and give them away as gifts. As the holidays are upon us, here are some wine-buying tips.
Hosting a Dinner PartyFor intimate dinners of up to five people, splurge for a few $35 bottles. For larger parties, I suggest wines that cost less than $20. For suggestions, check out out a few wines we have featured recently on our blog. For pairing suggestion, take a look at the bottom of this article.
What to Bring to a Holiday PartyGiving a bottle of wine as a holiday gift is tricky, but how much to spend is the trickiest. Let’s make is a little simpler: there are really on four price categories, and you just need to choose one.
- $10. Tasty but unsophisticated wine.
- $15. Good quality, but stay away from the big brands.
- $25. Luxury level, ...