Hey, Assholes, Stop Putting Wine in Bourbon Barrels

OK, so how many Winepisser readers enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich which has been rubbed in celery salt and truffle oil? Not many I expect. What about a fine filet mignon that has been cooked to perfection and then soaked in the leftover milk from a bowl of...

German Riesling Wins First 2017 Five-Star Review

It’s been a drab year so far, and we are already in March without much great wine to talk about. Your Winepisser has tasted a slew of whites lately (middling sauvignon blancs, a few lackluster pinot grigios, and a ton of crappy chardonnay) as well as a moderate...

The Tao of DAOU’s Pessimist Red Blend 2014

Never having been much on red blends, if years ago you had told me last year’s Winepisser Best Wine award would have gone to a blend (Apothic Red won), I would have scoffed. Now we see another Cally blend hitting the 5-star mark here at Winepisser, with DOAU...

Vivino App: Needs More Time on the Vine

The Vivino app is amazing for its primary feature: using your cell phone’s camera, you photograph a wine label and Vivino quickly reports back reviews, typical prices and more. It’s indispensable when shopping for wine and confronted with a bevy of bottled...

Uruguay Wins a February Five-Star for 2010 Tannat

The 2010 Narbona Tannat Roble from the Puerto Carmelo region is a knockout wine from Uruguay, and alas, one you are going to have some difficulty finding depending on where you live. There’s really only one word that can describe this wine, and it works equally...

First 5-Star Wine of 2016 is a German Reez

Germany is a beautiful little country, full of pleasant people who never do anything bad, and because of their steadfast anonymity, about whom history has nothing much to say. Thank goodness for their wine, or we might not even know Germany existed! So it’s a...

Winepisser Best Wine of 2015: Apothic Red

The Winepisser is happy to award its first annual Best Wine award to the stellar blend from Modesto California, Apothic Red. The Winepisser Best Wine award is granted to one of the wines reviewed in the previous year, but only of those rated 5 stars by the Winepisser....

Suspiciously Good Chenin Blanc from … Peru?

Peru is not a country known for its honesty in quality control, although it’s much improved than, say, 20 years ago. But it wouldn’t be at all out of place for one of the vineyards of Ica to throw in some apple juice or maple syrup into the vats, bottle it...

Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator

If you’re like me, you have a lot of sweatshops, white slavery rings and brothels to manage all across the globe as part of your international criminal conspiracy, and thus spend a lot of time in hotels, airplanes and brothels. This makes enjoying a properly...

Better Red Than Dead – Apothic 2013

Blends make me nervous. I envision the more romantic ones crafting a mysterious melange of grape, myrrh and the sacrificial blood of volcano virgins, while the lesser ones hobble together some apple juice, craft glue and paper clips. So I’m typically not a fan...