Brilliance in the Santa Cruz Mountains

If I had to name the greatest estates in California, at least two, possibly three, would come from the Santa Cruz Mountains. These rugged hillsides above Silicon Valley are home to some of the most distinctive, pedigreed Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines readers will come across.

Vietti end of the innocence

The End of the Innocence - English & Italian

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Finger Lakes Rising

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The Saar 2014: Stress for Success

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Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

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La Maison du Colombier, Beaune, France

Roland Chanliaud looks up from the tiny counter of his open kitchen and beams as you enter the restaurant of La Maison du Colombier in Beaune...

Vinous Favorites

2014 Domaine Gilbert Picq & Fils Chablis ($25.00) 90

2014 Domaine Gilbert Picq & Fils Chablis, 90 points

This village-level Chablis offers classic aromas of iodiney oyster shell and lime with a sexy suggestion of baked bread. Its thick, ripe flavors of orange zest and ginger are perfectly leavened by racy lemony acidity. Pair this penetrating wine with food now or hold it for 6 to 12 months. (ST)


Cellar Favorites

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2007 Château Coutet (Jul 2016)

Château Coutet is one of my favorite Sauternes of all. When the estate decides the vintage is good enough to warrant making their ultra-luscious, super-concentrated Cuvée Madame, it is my favorite Barsac of all, duking it out with d’Yquem for numero 1 in Bordeaux sweet winedom.

2008 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles Cuvée d’Or (Jul 2016)

2007 Long Shadows Vintners Collection Poet’s Leap Riesling (Jul 2016)

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