Category Archives: Wine

Wine reviews, occasional analysis of the wine business as it relates to consumers

Altés Herencia Blanco 2012

Is Eric Solomon coming to his senses? Back in the day, I sold European Cellars products. They were great wines.  But many of them shared a trait of having, to my taste, excessive alcohol levels.  This white wine from eastern … Continue reading

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Fraud in the Wine Business: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Two massive frauds have rocked the wine business this spring.  First, there’s the ongoing saga of Rudy Kurniawan, who’s alleged to have sold hundreds of counterfeit bottles at several auctions.  When authorities searched his suburban Los Angeles house, they found what … Continue reading

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Abbaye des Monges “Augustine” La Clape Coteaux de Languedoc 2007

A mouthful of a name for an interesting red wine. The nose is a mix of blueberries, grilled meat and smoky or gamy nuances.  The palate is fresh and medium-bodied with bright acidity.  The fruit  is  a teaser, never quite … Continue reading

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Azienda Vinicola Palama Arcangelo Salice Salentino DOC 2008

Back in the day, Dr. Cosimo Taurino’s wonderful Salice Salentino Riserva  introduced me to the pleasures of southern Italian wines.  Mea culpa: I sold Taurino products to make my living, but they’re truly wonderful wines. Palamá’s Arcangelo Salice Salentino reminded … Continue reading

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Petit Grealo 2004 Costers del Segre “Sero Subzona Artesa”

The label is a mouthful, and varietally oriented consumers may be put off by it.  More’s the pity. Situated north of Priorat and Montsant in Catalonia, there are good wines coming from Costers del Segre at reasonable prices.  If you find it, … Continue reading

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Chateau de Pena Cuvée de Pena 2009

This stylish red wine is from the Rousillon district in the eastern French Pyrenees, near the city of Perpignan.  Cuvee de Peña’s designation is VDP des Pyrenees Orientales rather than Cotes de Rousillon.  Co-op wine. The dusty red fruit and garrigue … Continue reading

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Cellars Baronia del Montsant: Great Value from Spain

Located in northeast Spain, the Montsant DO was carved out of the Tarragona appellation only in 2001.  It surrounds the more famous Priorat, sharing Priorat’s climate but with a different soil type.  Both appellations permit a wide variety of grapes.  … Continue reading

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