Monthly Archives: April 2013

2008 Kontos Cellars Alatus

Here’s an example of the kind of top-notch, small-batch Washington state wines that seem to be exceptionally difficult to find outside of the winery itself. We paid a visit to these guys when we were in Walla Walla in 2010. … Continue reading

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Virginia Winery Visits: Grace Estate and Stinson

Grace Estate is the name given to the Albemarle Vineyard that’s long been known as Mt. Juliet. This relatively large grape producer has supplied fruit to a lot of the best Virginia wineries for years, and is now striking out … Continue reading

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2010 Thivin Cote de Brouilly

Who doesn’t like Beaujolais? Dummies, that’s who. This is, for my money and taste buds, the best place to look for interesting, fairly priced bottles that you could drink year round. If I could snap my fingers and make half … Continue reading

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2011 Fuego Garnacha

If you’re remotely interested in value wines, this one probably needs no introduction. The 2011 got crazy press, and now seems to fly off the shelf as soon as it’s restocked. At $7 to $9 a bottle, it’s easy to … Continue reading

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Tissot Cremant de Jura Rose

Champagne is expensive, and cavas are cheap but mostly only fleetingly interesting. For middle-ground, you should look to various French sparklers, and specifically, this one. This sparkling rose from the tiny Jura region is simply the best non-Champagne French sparkler … Continue reading

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