S.A. Prüm Essence Riesling – Germany – 2017

About the same as the prior year’s vintage, but perhaps with less grapefruit. Mild, pleasant and utilitarian, but a fine riesling from Germany which always ranks high in my book. Perfect Goldilocks level of sugar. Those who are not reez-obsessed like me would...

Bell’Agio Chianti – Italy – 2016

Those bored by restaurant grade chiantis will find nothing new here. Tepid, a bit flat and nearly entirely noseless. Nice light tannins, moderate notes of cherry and tobacco, but blink and you’ll miss ’em. Better than “meh” but only...

Cristom Viognier – Oregon – 2016

Another reviewer mentioned sorbet and that’s accurate, but also awful. There’s a sooth butteriness here that is just off putting. The overall flavor note is floral but the end result is like a daisy smoothie. Off dry.

Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc – California – 2016

Tasted this while suffering beginnings of a cold, so couldn’t comment fairly on the nose. Flavors are wonderful though, with bright green apple and citrusy lemony, slight hints of grass. So many of these US sauvignon blancs are disappointing but this one is very...

Amalaya Blanco de Corte – Argentina – 2017

Fantastic white blend of Torrontes and Riesling with a surprising perfumy nose and bright apples coming through in the glass. You’d swear there was a bit of Chenin Blanc in here. Off dry. Paired well with a spicy chicken dish. Came very close to a five-star...

Tres 14 Tinto de Garage – Argentina – 2011

First wine reviewed for 2019! Despite the label, let’s get this straight: this is not a garage wine in the traditional Bordeaux sense. It’s mass produced for one. Having said that, it’s a fine malbec, if somewhat overhyped for a standard grade...