Chateau Haut-Mayne 2006: Bordeaux Blend from Graves

I have always found Bordeaux intimidated. It could be the typically high price, the complicated classification system, or the cheap and tasteless bottles I’ve had before that deterred me. Whatever the reasons, I have tried very little of it. When I saw this bottle, with a single subregion on the label as opposed to the catch-all “Bordeaux” designation, I couldn’t wait to…

Ruffino 2011 Riserva Ducale Chianti: a Tuscany Classic

Tuscany is a land of beautiful rolling hills and tall cypress tree surrounded villas. It is also home to the grape Sangiovese which is used in the blend Chianti. Gone are the days when Chianti would conjure up romantic images of wide bottomed bottles wrapped in straw baskets in the middle of red and white checkered…

Villa Maria Pinot Noir Private Bin: a Wine From Marlborough

Marlborough is one of the northern regions on the south island of New Zealand. It has hot days and cold nights which produce fruity wines that retain acidity for balance. While best known for zesty Sauvignon Blanc other varieties are taking hold as well. Pinot Noir is just coming into it’s own there with the oldest vines producing the best examples….

Bridlewood Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Having read a bit about California wines in my Wine Bible I thought I’d try out a few Cabernet Sauvignons from the region. This one is from Paso Robles in the Central Coast wine region, north a couple hours from Los Angelos. Being so far south in California the grapes had until late November to…

CARM familia Roboredo Madeira Douro 2010

I’ve always really enjoyed Port. It was probably the first wine I felt I could actually get into and like. While I thought table (dry) wine tasted gross I could always go for a bit of sweet Port. That has never changed as my tastes have evolved and I’ll always jump at a chance of a…