When Varietals Go Virtual

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a pleasant Saturday afternoon with a great French winemaker and a few friends …

TASTING NOTE: NV Gruet Demi-Sec

BUBBLES WEEK For our very small Thanksgiving, I volunteered to bring the dessert wine. It’s not that I don’t like …

ESSENTIALS: Beaujolais

It’s the third Thursday in November, so winemakers in Beaujolais release the 2020 vintage. Yes, pandemic or no, it’s that …

Smoke Taint Is Here and Now

I had an email from Chateau Montelena last week: “Yesterday, we made the exceedingly difficult decision to halt the 2020 harvest, …