Wine Reviews

Rough Day Smoothed

Rough Day Smoothed

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot2005Current price: about $25 (half-bottle) I had a particularly rough day last Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, my husband brought…

Red, Green

Red, Green

Domaine Fouassier Sancerre L'étourneau2005Current price: about $26 This wine is 100% pinot noir, which one might guess from its color and ringing clarity. But it…

Drink, Memory

Drink, Memory

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côte-Rôtie "Les Jumelles"2000Current price: varies widely; about $45 We bought this wine at the source, on a trip to the Northern Rhône…

And Flights of Angels Sing Thee

And Flights of Angels Sing Thee

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Vol des Anges2006Current price: about $30 Gold, liquid gold. Unctuous swirled, it fills my nose with pear and apricot. Once inside,…

Prego

Prego

BertaniVilla Arvedi Amarone2004Current price: about $50 Last night we enjoyed an earthy, soulful dinner at Pane e Salute, the Italian osteria in Woodstock, Vermont…

Blended

Blended

Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red2006Current price: about $12 We seem to be experiencing a blending moment. The Ridge we had the other night billed itself as…

My First Zinfandel

My First Zinfandel

Ridge California Sonoma County Three Valleys Zinfandel2007Current price: about $21 Okay, it's not my first Zinfandel. But it's the first one I've really liked. It's…

Old World, Old Vines, Young Price

Old World, Old Vines, Young Price

Celler de Capçanes Mas Donís Barrica Old Vines2007Current price: about $10 A bright, juicy rose-purple, the wine gives up a subtle but still earthy…

A Bagatelle

A Bagatelle

Acacia Vineyard A2007Current price: about $12 A sweet little wine, juicy and vibrant. Bright pink-purple, with a nose like the wild roses that grow in…

Ringing It In

Ringing It In

Louis RoedererCristal Champagne Brut1996Current price: about $350 Last night, to ring in the New Year, we pulled the cork on this elegant bottle of…

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Guy LarmandierCramant Grand Cru Blanc de BlancsNVCurrent price: about $55 Château de BeaucastelChâteauneuf-du-Pape1993Current price: about $60 Last night we hosted an intimate dinner party…