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Jean Louis Chave

Few who cherish the power and perfume of classically made Hermitage would argue that the greatest red and white examples emerge from the Chave family cellars. The current generations in charge, father Gérard and son Jean-Louis, use their knowledge &… Continue reading

94pt Barbera

Barbera is a red Italian wine that is the third most planted grape in the entire country, and it’s almost one thousand years older than Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet until recently Barbera was very rarely seen on the American market. Why?… Continue reading

Chateau des Jacques

Exactly a year ago this month, I was in Miami for the 2015 Louis Jadot Barrel Sample Tasting. The wines were spectacular, even in their unfinished form, but what impressed me the most were the Beaujolais! They actually served the… Continue reading

Poor Mans Haut Brion

Haut Brion is of course one of the Great First Growths of Bordeaux. From the region of Pessac Leognan in the south of Bordeaux it creates wines of finesse rather than brute force. Of course bottles range from $500.00 and… Continue reading

94pt 2013 Barolo – $35btl- LIMITED

I have offered the wines of Vajra, one of Piedmont’s best kept secrets, before. Here readers will enter a world of sublime hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level. Aldo and Milena Vajra’s passion comes through in spades in… Continue reading


Aldo and Milena Vajra are among the quietest and most introspective of Piedmont’s top echelon growers. It is the wines that do the talking here, and they do that ever so eloquently. The estate’s continued focus on excellence throughout their… Continue reading

Bordeaux Extraordinaire

It’s Labor Day Weekend so instead of having a DOORBUSTER SALE where you get trampled or have to camp out in a parking lot all night, I have a civilized deal for you. Chateau La Prade is the classic over… Continue reading