Friday, May 14, 2021

Cork 101— What wines are undervalued?

Our challenge this issue for our wine guys was to select wines that they thought were “undervalued.” That turned out to be an ambiguous term, or one that has wide latitude for those in...

6 Wines Under $12

It’s not easy choosing wines for holiday events because seemingly every menu is completely different—both at home and away. As guests at others’ dinner tables, we’re on the hot seat to make a choice that...

Edibles & Potables: This wine critic is not staying dry in January

Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, wine critic Esther Mobley discusses the phenomenon of Dry January, noting that such a concept now exists even in France. Given that French wine consumption continues to fall,...

Cork 101— The wines of South Africa

South Africa was certainly on my list of wine countries or wine lands, as they say in South Africa, to visit but not at the top of my list. It should have been. I...

Cork 101: Regional Picks — All Wine is Local

Our wine panel picks good values from their favorite wine regions, explaining why and how local conditions influence the character of wine.  Often, people who want to know more about wine get befuddled because there...

6 White Wines Under $12

Vintage when used to refer to the quality of a particular year is always a source of debate and, ultimately, subjectivity. Often, too much is said about vintage, especially when it comes to value white...

Edibles & Potables: R.I.P. Steven Spurrier, 1941-2021

 There are few life stories in the food and drink business as fascinating as that of Steven Spurrier, legendary wine merchant and educator. Spurrier died in March at 79. Legendary Retailer, Writer and Educator Steven...