Karl Kaspar Riesling – Germany – 2016

Slightly tart and medium sweet, this drink well by itself but the sugar might make it tough to pair. Apricot is the main note here with a very faint touch of spice. Vivino members rated this lower than I did, but this may be due to my preference for German Riesling. I...

Justin Sauvignon Blanc – California – 2016

Subtle sauvignon blanc that gets close to a French offering but falls slightly short. Nose is asparagus but this doesn’t show up in the glass. Instead it very subdued hues of lemongrass and white raisin, but still adequately dry. It’s a fine glass but just...

Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel – California

[No year noted.] Robust with oodles of fruit but enough other characteristics to prevent it from being called fruit forward. Some cellar must and black pepper and powerful tannins that screw up your puss. Put together and it’s pretty damn good. Lack of a back...

Boordy Riesling – Maryland – 2016

Agree with other reviewers who said this is a tad bit sweet to pair with food but nevertheless is really fantastic. This is fruity but not overly so, with a spicy apple kick that gives it a gewurtztraminer tilt. Long spicy finish. Recommended. Who new Maryland made...

Roth Cabernet Sauvignon – California – 2015

The opposite of a fat cab, this one may have a slight eating disorder as it’s way too skinny. Brief finish and underwhelming depth, you’d be excused for thinking this was a blend. Fruit is a bit overripe and I caught none of the leather or tobacco promised...

Attems Pinot Grigio – Italy – 2016

Tart apple slams home hard but it’s very drinkable if you’re OK with that. Acidic bite differentiates this from its New World brethren. Pleasant finish that reveals some flowers at the end, but it’s that tartness that you’ll remember.

Morandé Reserva Sauvignon Blanc – Chile – 2012

Interesting take on SB, this lacks the minerals of New Zealand or Old World offerings but makes up for it with some near chenin blanc levels of perfume and bright fizz. Possibly a tiny bit too sweet for most SB enthusiasts, but I enjoyed it. Pair with white fish only,...

Tacama Gran Blanco – Peru – 2016

Flavorful white blend spoiled by a funky nose probably brought on by the sauvignon blanc, or some weird processing of the chardonnay. Would have ranked higher otherwise. Blend is of chardonnay, chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc.

E4 Locations – Spain – NV

Smooth, low tannin silk bomb that you would swear comes from those Cally labs, which makes sense given its handlers, which includes the designer of the popular Prisoner blend. Fig and subtle dark cherry dominate. Tasted this paired not with food but a pipe of vanilla...

Battle of the Budget Italian Pee-Gees

I recently had the opportunity, and free time, to write a new “Battle of the Budget” article (the last one was on German Rieslings) with another matchup, this time Italian Pinot Grigios. Stepping into the ring were four pee-gees, each just about under $12...