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Cellar Notes

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Reds and whites from Southern Italy are surprisingly good choices for hearty winter meals.

New From Rioja

Jan 6, 2021
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Spain's most famous region, Rioja, is a versatile choice for winter reds and whites.

A glass of port/red wine
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Stoke the fire, open up a good book, and pour yourself a glass of port.

Everybody is looking for advice on good buys for bubbly wine. Here is our list of recommendations at all price points.

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Bottles of wine make great holiday gifts, and we have a great shopping list for you. Print it up and head out to your favorite wine merchant.

Kosher Wines

Dec 9, 2020

December is a big season for kosher wines, which have been getting better and better.


Dec 2, 2020

We agree, Vermentino is one of Italy's best whites, and very easy to like.


Nov 25, 2020

We hadn't thought of it before but viognier definitely belongs on the Thanksgiving table, with its rich flavors, good acidity, and versatility.

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With Thanksgiving just a week away, we recommend putting Pinot Noir on the table. Here are three choices that are quite affordable.

Aging Wine

Nov 11, 2020
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Hugh has developed strong opinions about aging wine after going through a tasting of aged First Growth Bordeaux. Most of the wines were far over the hill and left him wondering how they would have been at 30 years old rather than 50. His conclusion is that many collectors hold on to their wines far too long and miss the moment of maximum enjoyability.

Maryland Whites

Nov 4, 2020
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We've paid a lot of attention to Maryland's vine reds, but these whites shine.


Oct 28, 2020

Can any wine beat Chianti for enhancing the pleasures of the autumn table?


Oct 21, 2020

The autumn is the perfect season to try out a few hard apple ciders.

Washington State Wines

Oct 14, 2020

Easily overlooked, the wines of Washington State deserve your attention.



Oct 7, 2020
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If you're in the market for a great white wine with character and body, Verdicchio is your best bet.

The deep south of France may not be as chic as Paris, but their wines are super.

Oktoberfest Beers

Sep 23, 2020

For dedicated beer drinkers 'tis the season for the legendary Oktoberfest.

Joel Gott Wines

Sep 17, 2020

Joel Gott wines are known for budget-friendly prices, but how good are they?

Continuing with our French theme, our friend Franck Agostini has imported a bevy of new vintages from the Loire Valley for you to try.


If you can't get to France this year, at least you can replicate the pleasure of sipping wine in a French café.


Cru Beaujolais

Aug 28, 2020
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Beaujolais is like everybody's favorite buddy: approachable, rewarding, informal and so very versatile. The "Cru" Beaujolais are among the best.

Unoaked Chardonnay

Aug 20, 2020

If you want all that great chardonnay flavor but none of the oak, try these delicious unoaked versions.

Sour Beers

Aug 12, 2020

There's a hot new category in beer these days and it's all about being sour.

These flavor packed whites from the south of France deserve a bigger audience. And check out the values!


Rosés Are Here

Jul 29, 2020

Summer's here and the time is right for rosé wines. Here's a handful of suggestions.

Not all delicious pinot noir comes from Burgundy. Here are three winners that hail from around the world.


We think one of the best ways to keep simple everyday wines around is to go the bag-in-a-box route. They're surprisingly good!


Light Reds From Portugal

Jul 10, 2020

These light, flavorful reds are perfect for summer drinking, and go particularly well with grilled and barbecued food.


The beautiful pink rosés of France are perfect for this time of year, and Hugh has found a collection of winners.

One of Al's favorite wines, Valpolicella may be built on the light side, but it is packed with flavor and "la dolce vita" character.