Borgo Maragliano

Borgo Maragliano BubblesBorgo Maragliano produces elegant, classic-method bubbles, which are delicious for special occasions or simply because it’s a lovely day. Located in Piedmont, near Asti, Italy, the estate comprises 110 acres of vineyards about 1,500 feet above sea level. This low altitude, combined with sea wind and the vineyards’ sandy-clay soil, creates a wonderful environment for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes. We recently tasted three sparklers: Borgo Maragliano 2020 Francesco Galliano Blanc de Blancs Brut Alta Langa DOCG; 2020 Giovanni Galliano Brut Rosé Alta Langa DOCG; and 2018 Dogma Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature VS.Q. 2018.

Top 20 Wines 2023

Top 20 Wines in 2023Here is our list of our top 20 wines in 2023. We tasted hundreds of wines last year. Some, we bought at wineries and retail outlets. Others, we tasted at wine events. Likewise, some kind folks shared their bottles with us, while others sent us samples. We also tasted many wines on incredible road trips to Horse Heaven Hills, Walla Walla, and Vancouver Island. Most importantly, we are wine enthusiasts, not wine critics. So, these wines are not scored. They simply made a lasting impression. Continue reading

Holiday Wines 2023

Red and White Wine on the WaterThe holidays bring good cheer, and what better way to celebrate than with stellar holiday wines. What are our top 45 recommendations of holiday wines 2023? First, we suggest 20 sparkling, rosé and white wines, followed by 25 reds. For example, many of these holiday wines are special because of their high quality (and high price point). On the other hand, others are simply special good-value wines. Moreover, their prices range from an unbelievable $11 to $105. Most importantly, you could open them during a quiet evening at home, pour them for dinner guests, take them to small holiday parties, or give them as gifts. Continue reading

Recent San Felice Wines

San Felice WinesLast year, we became acquainted with San Felice wines, and they quickly enticed us from the historic estate located in the heart of Chianti Classico territory. As a result, we happily accepted samples of these two impressive Italian reds. San Felice Vigorello 2020 marks the 52nd vintage of the first Supertuscan produced in Chianti Classico. Bell’Aja Bolgheri 2021 showcases how Bordeaux meets the terroir of Bolgheri. Read on for more details.

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