Wines of the Week: June 23-29

Everyday: Spain might have crashed and burned mightily at the World Cup, but its wines still offer world-class value. The 2010 Tochuelo Vinos de Madrid Tempranillo-Garnacha ($9) is a rustic delight, boasting big ol’ red-fruit flavors with just enough earthiness, plus uncommon grip and structure for such an inexpensive offering. A touch of sweetness at […]

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Wines of the Week: June 16-22

Everyday: Sometimes all a guy (or gal) wants is a lean, clean quaffing vin. OK, that doesn’t rhyme, but the 2013 Teira Woods Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc fills the bill regardless. The nose is more mineral than floral but alluring nonetheless with citrus notes, but the wine’s fruit flavors tend more toward the […]

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Wines of the Week: June 9-15

Weekday:  I’m sure there’s some less-than-stellar wine made in France’s Savoy region, but none of it has reached my neck of the world. The 2013 Domaine Labbe Abymes Vin de Savoie ($12) is a buy-it-by-the-case value (I nabbed one a week ago), as easy-drinking as wine gets but with some nice depth and nuances. It’s […]

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Wines of the Week: June 2-8

Weeknight: It wasn’t that long ago that albariño was hard to find in these parts. Talk about the Dark Ages. Blessedly, offerings such as the 2010 Senorio de Rubios Rias Baixas Albariño ($16) are part of a veritable onslaught of tasty whites from the northeast part of Spain. This is one bracing wine, with sprightly little touches […]

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The Matrix

So, awhile back I mentioned this really cool matrix that Piemontese vintner Giuseppe Vajra said he uses to assess wine, listing the most important components at  the four points. I couldn’t replicate it in this format, but here’s what it looks like on paper. I’m going to get a cleaner printed version and actually use […]

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