In honor of one of the iconoclastic producers of Brunello di Montalcino who passed away yesterday, Gianfranco Soldera, I decided to do a little review of the region. Soldera was originally in the insurance business before purchasing his Case Basse estate in Montalcino. I can’t claim to know him personally, but from everything I’ve read … More Montalcino

Wine faults

Today I’d like to offer a brief overview of some of the faults or taints associated with wines. These are the bane of every wine lover’s existence… you have cellared a treasured bottle for 15 years, you have the perfect occasion to open it and enjoy it in all of its perfectly matured glory, you … More Wine faults

Eyrie South Block

I have written before on this site of my admiration for the Eyrie Vineyards wines in Oregon.  Founder David Lett was the first to plant grapes in the Willamette Valley and anyone who has visited in the last several years and seen the thriving wine business that has overtaken that area will find it hard … More Eyrie South Block