Wine Reviews

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham VineyardsNapa Valley Merlot2005 This wine is deep purple, offering a nose of chocolate and earth. It's fulsome and not too tannic—just what we'd…

Acorn Alegría Rosato 2007

AcornAlegría Rosato Russian River Valley2007 This wine, made primarily of Sangiovese, is deep rosy pink with a lightly floral, slightly strawberry nose. Straight from…

Windy Oaks “Terra Narro”

Windy Oaks EstateSanta Cruz Mountains "Terra Narro" Pinot Noir2007 We love Windy Oaks. They make our favorite American Pinot, and we're even wine club…

Powers Merlot

Powers Winery Columbia Valley Merlot 2007 This Washington State Merlot is deep purple, almost inky, so we expected it to be vigorous. But it’s…

Treana: The Essence of Wine

Treana: The Essence of Wine

When I was a kid, I knew what wine tasted like. I knew because I'd read the Narnia books, and The Hobbit, and The…

Two Whites with the Salmon

The leaves are budding, the daffodils are open, and yesterday the bears strolled through our backyard. It's time to celebrate spring. For our first…

King Estate Pinot Gris: Clear Skies

King EstateSignature Collection Oregon Pinot Gris2007 Sweet and light, like a sunny spring day. This wine is nearly colorless, with a nose like almond…

Un Vin Charmant

Mâcon-LugnyLes Charmes2007 Last week I picked up a bottle of this white Burgundy for about nine dollars. I opened it tonight without great expectations,…

Nine Vines

Angove South AustraliaNine Vines Shiraz Viognier2007 Seeing this bottle on our shelves, a friend remarked, "Shiraz and Viognier. That's an odd combination, right?" Actually,…

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

AltesinoBrunello di Montalcino 2001 (375 ml) This wine is brickish red, the color of a Hopper afternoon. The nose is heady and seductive, with…

The First of the Whites

Ferrari-CaranoFumé Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc)2007 On this late March afternoon, it's sunny and 43º outside, sunny and 72º inside. As an aperitif, we open a…