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Tips on Tasting

This post is not intended to be the definitive tome on glassware, sensory perception or being a professional somellier.  These tips on tasting are about finding out why you like the wines you like and building on what you like … Continue reading

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The Five Steps

1. Taste Wines made from a single variety so that you get to know flavor profiles. This doesn’t mean that wines blended from a number of grape varieties are not worthy – it just means that when training your palate keep it simple. … Continue reading

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    • 8 California Pinot Noir Wines for the Holiday Table (Wine Spectator) November 19, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.While last week we made a compelling case for Chardonnay as an excellent wine choice for Thanksgiving, the food-friendly and versatile Pinot Noir should also be on your shopping list […]
    • 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau: Bright Gamays Shine (Wine Spectator) November 15, 2018
      The third Thursday of November isn't just any other Thursday. It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the celebration of France’s first wines of the vintage—les vins de primeur.Meant for immediate consumption, Beaujolais Nouveau is made from Gamay grapes and typically vinified by carbonic maceration, which gives it its hallmark fresh, fruity flavors and lightly tannic structure.Leading Beaujolais […]
    • 7 Turkey Day Chardonnay Wines (and What to Pair Them With) (Wine Spectator) November 15, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Before we all go into full hibernation mode and stock up on Cabernet and Zinfandel for the winter, let's consider pairing possibilities for the upcoming holidays. A classic Thanksgiving choice […]
    • 7 California Cabernet and Merlot Wines Up to 92 Points (Wine Spectator) November 12, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Napa Valley sets the benchmark for Cabernet and Merlot in California, but the rising cost of grapes and land can translate to hefty price tags for the region's top wines. […]
    • 6 Shining Spanish Wines at 90+ Points (Wine Spectator) November 8, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Spain has the largest vineyard area of any country in the world, and many indigenous grapes to work with. Given the diversity of terroir, climate and raw material, its wines […]
    • 8 Great California Wine Finds Under $20 (Wine Spectator) November 5, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Everyone loves a good deal, especially when it comes to wine. Here are eight budget-friendly California bottlings from recent tastings that won't disappoint no matter the occasion.Sauvignon Blanc is often […]
    • 7 Exciting Styles of Australian Wine (Wine Spectator) November 1, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Australia is not a wine monolith: It's a vast country that makes wines from a wide variety of regions, climates and grapes. Today's selection explores this diversity with reds from […]
    • 8 Gutsy California Red Blends (Wine Spectator) October 29, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Red blends are all the rage, and winemakers in California make both traditional and creative "kitchen-sink" blends. Today's selection showcases bold, zesty wines at a variety of price points.Leading the […]
    • 6 Alsace Essentials for French Wine Lovers (Wine Spectator) October 25, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.With 38,000 acres of vines, 51 grand cru vineyards and a multitude of organic and biodynamic wineries, France's Alsace region offers a wide range of expressive, high-quality bottlings that have […]
    • 8 Oregon Pinot Noirs for $30 or Less (Wine Spectator) October 22, 2018
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members."Value" and "Pinot Noir" are not often found in the same sentence. That's because Pinot is the fussy child of red wines, persnickety in the vineyard and in the cellar, […]