Posted: April 30, 2014 By Tim Fish
Nick Goldschmidt is one of the busiest winemakers I know. He's more under-the-radar than his friends Michel Rolland and Paul Hobbs, but spends five months a year on the road consulting for 26 wineries in seven countries, including Mission Hill in New Zealand, Viña Errázuriz in Chile and Don Sebastiani & Sons in California.
His Alexander and Dry Creek Valley Merlots are well-made, true to the variety and sell for $20 or less. Here are my notes on five of his recently-released 2012s.
Posted: April 24, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: April 23, 2014 By Tim Fish
It was such a beautiful day in Sonoma on Sunday that I started thinking about refreshing spring wines as I gardened. I like to take a break in the shade to sip a glass of wine, otherwise gardening seems like such a chore, so I pulled out a few wines to sample whenever my back started complaining. Here are 5 new reds and whites perfect for sipping outdoors this spring.
Posted: March 31, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: March 24, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: March 19, 2014 By Tim Fish
Here we go again. Every 10 or 20 years, the “Old World Wine Intelligentsia” tries to convince us that California wines are lousy.
Surely we’re not falling for this again, right? We’re bigger people after all these years, more secure about the quality of the wines. There’s no need for California to justify its place in the wine world.
Posted: March 12, 2014 By Tim Fish
Secluded high in the mountains of the Sierra Foothills, Miraflores Winery has gone quietly about the business of making great Zinfandel for a decade now.
Foothills wineries often have trouble getting the attention they deserve in the California wine industry, and none are more deserving of a higher profile than Miraflores. Of the nine Zinfandels I've reviewed, seven received outstanding ratings.
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