Wines for early Autumn (where did the summer go?!?!) Early Autumn brings pros and cons… on one hand we benefit from broad choices of beautiful fresh produce – on the other hand we must start carrying a jacket as we brace for the oncoming shift to cooler weather. Fortunately plenty of good quality high-value wines … Continue reading Early Autumn Wines 2018 September Vol 3 Issue 2
Wines to enjoy as the weather improves… (or, should improve) As Winter transitions begrudgingly to Spring, our desire for lighter culinary flavors brings the opportunity to explore lighter wines (and the occasional blockbuster). A special note to those who enjoy French wines: Vintages from 2015 and 2016 throughout France yielded generally fantastic results – which allows many of us … Continue reading Wines for Spring 2018 – and warmer (hopefully) weather!
Please have no Vino-Stress! So many stressors enter into our lives during the Holidays – but wine need not be one of them! Below are a few hopefully helpful thoughts and some recommendations for Holiday meals and merriment. (Skip to the bottom if you just want to go shopping for bubbly.) Should I put … Continue reading Celebrate 2018 with Sparkler!
Last week I was invited to join PLCB wine experts and the Chairman Selection team for a tasting of Chairman Selection wines. Wines that I feel offer value and interesting characteristics are listed below. Some wines have external ratings, which are included where possible – otherwise I include comments from Steve Pollack, the head of … Continue reading Chairman’s Selection Preview Tasting March 2017
Greetings! First newsletter of 2017 – hope you find some interesting wines and good values to keep warm through the winter months. Best regards, Jack Brice Bedouet Vigneron Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2015 $8.99 Loire Valley, France PLCB Code# 78511 Nice straw colour with green hues. Some green fruit character with some musky … Continue reading February Wine Reviews!
Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand, $8.99, PLCB Code# 78379 “The 2015 Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc is scented of ripe lemons, asparagus and grass with touches of crushed stones and sweat. Medium-bodied, it offers mouth-filling citrus and grass-laced flavors and a good Long finish.” 87 Points Wine Spectator 11/15 Light straw color, grassy citrus nose, light, fresh … Continue reading New Perspective Wines – December 2016
Summertime often brings casual, hot, sweaty, outdoor parties. And even though friends deserve the very best, the budget deserves attention too, so locating a great tasting wine to enjoy with friends while not breaking the budget is a great way to feel good about the next party! Here are several wines that might help with … Continue reading Screaming Good Deals for Summer
The weather is getting warmer, and peoples’ palates are starting to consider summer whites and rose’, but hey, you still need some reds for those perfect summer evenings with THE GRILL! So here are two widely available reds that should fill the role nicely, impress your friends, while not breaking the bank… Bouachon Cotes du … Continue reading Screaming good deals – Reds for the summer grill! (Cotes du Rhone and California Merlot)
The answer: GOOD! (Although will likely be better in the future… pros and cons below) Recently I was invited by a bar owner to taste wines from a wine tap system she recently installed as she was rehabbing her bar/restaurant. She explained that the tap system was ideal for her because her business inhabits an … Continue reading Wine on Tap – Good or Bad?
Pennsylvania Wine enthusiasts often suggest the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board system keeps Pennsylvanians from the great retail sale prices available in other states. Debate over the PLCB’s efficacy will go on… and on. In the meantime, we consumers can walk into many of the state’s specialty stores this holiday season and find some high quality … Continue reading It’s here: Chairman’s Selection Tasting Results – Fall 2014