"Pretty nose of fresh strawberry, raspberry and orange blossom. Very bright on the medium-bodied palate, with a nice interplay of lively mousse with juicy fruit. Long, clean finish. 100% pinot noir. Drink now." (6/24/2022)
(7/31/2023) "Incredibly generous and harmonious, with ripe peach, tangerine and mango flavors that are fleshy and juicy, plus lime zest, makrut lime leaf and minerally details. Reveals white pepper and orange blossom accents that... Read More
(8/2022) Balan's vintage-dated Prosecco is a perennial favorite. Delightfully crisp and frothy, notes of green apple, pear, almond, citrus zest and chalky minerality carry through to a lengthy, round, satisfying finish. It... Read More
(9/10/2021) "Peaches, apples, croissants, toast, lemon curd and honeysuckle on the nose. Medium-bodied with fine bubbles and bright acidity. Fresh, layered and balanced. Dry. From organically grown grapes. Vegan. Drink now."
(8/29/2022) "The 2020 Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard is terrific and shockingly good given the quantities produced. Burgundian-like aromas of stone fruits, chalky minerality, honeyed flowers, and brioche all define the nose,... Read More
(3/2023) We are absolutely smitten with this playful, delicious Alsatian white. A "kitchen sink" blend of 50% Riesling, 25% Muscat, 20% Pinot Blanc, 5% Sylvaner and Pinot Gris, the 2019 Gentil is one of the best values in our... Read More
(7/2022) Blending Grenache Blanc with Clairette and Bourboulenc, this dry white is powerful, vibrant and fresh. Generous and tense, it gives super yummy flavors of yellow pear, nectarine, honey, almond butter, pepper and peony.... Read More
(5/2023) Blended from hand-harvested vines of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Macabeo, this lithe and fresh expression of southern French white wine is downright crisp with fresh, easy notes of pear, lemon, tart peach... Read More
"With its combination of lightness, creaminess and freshness, this is a good introduction to sparkling Alsace wines. And it smells like walking into a patisserie. Not exactly bone-dry, but everything fits very neatly on the palate,... Read More
(7/2022) Crafted from 100% Cabernet Franc grown in the Loire's famed chalk soils, owner Mathilde Giraudet bottles this wine with minimal human involvement at her certified-organic winery. From first swirl this is textbook... Read More
(1/2023) This broad-shouldered blend of 40% Mourvedre, 20% Cinsault, 20% Grenache and 20% Syrah ferments in concrete tank, and comes across as a wine that might sell for twice its price. It starts with violet and allspice notes... Read More
(10/5/2022) "Pristine and subtle nose with green apples, pears, flint and lime citrus. Pure, textured and elegant with a mineral tinge to the palate. Typical pinot grigio character with excellent quality. Drink now."
(11/1/2021) "A 26-acre vineyard from the heart of the Loire's Sevre et Maine region has produced a bright, tangy wine. Acidity and lively freshness are lifted by the touch of pepper and minerality of the volcanic soil. Drink... Read More
(10/21/2020) "A year-in, year-out great value, the 2018 Romanico is all Tinta de Toro brought up in used French oak. This charming, fruit-forward, yet surprisingly elegant red has lots of spicy red and black fruits, peppery herb,... Read More
(10/2021) This bright, bone-dry Cava comes from a favorite Vin Chicago property. Demeter biodynamic certified, this fresh, crisp sparkler blends 40% Xarel-lo, 40% Macabeu and 20% Parellada, and delivers lively flavors of salted... Read More
(5/2023) An organically-farmed blend from 50-year-old-vines of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah - its vineyard rich in "gallets" like you'd find in Chateauneuf-du-Pape - this is an overachieving Cotes du Rhone that fans of powerful,... Read More
(5/2023) Welcome to the Alps! This summertime, low octane dry white is deceptively dense and fleshy, with super fresh minerality - a perfect back porch welcome four outdoor party guests. This wine hails from the Savoie region... Read More
(1/2022) "The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc Mahi (Marlborough) has a high level of concentration and energy. This is not a tropical thiol-driven style, but it is rich in gooseberry, elderflower, snow pea, apple and lemon flavors. Made... Read More
(4/1/2022) "This lovely, sweet sparkler opens with heady aromas of yellow stone fruit, spring blossoms and wild aromatic herbs. The savory palate delivers ripe apricot, creamy yellow peach, rosemary and sage. Crisp acidity not... Read More
Wow, this wine is gorgeous! It is unbelievable what proprietors Marie-Pierre and Eric Plumet have done here, you just do not expect to get so much finesse, texture, viscosity, balance and purity in a fourteen dollar white!
This is a rocking good bottle of Chardonnay, and our price is just stupid low. Median online retail for this up-level bottling from Kendall-Jackson is $18, and it is a SOLID value at that price. The oak is so beautifully integrated.... Read More
From an ambitious producer in Margaret River comes this wine from a southern parcel in the Boodjidup vineyard. Indigenous yeast fermentation in neutral barrels, mostly blocked malolactic fermentation and loads of lees-stirring... Read More
(4/23/2020) "2018 was a year of unusual freshness for Garnacha, and the 2018 La Vina de Ayer clearly shows it. The grapes come from old vines in different parts, orientations and soils (granite and slate) of Cebreros at 750 to... Read More
(9/1/2021) "This 24-acre property has produced a rich, Merlot-dominated wine. Big tannins and equally big black fruits are unashamedly rich. Backed by structure and pepper and licorice flavors, the wine needs some time. Drink... Read More
(6/9/2022) "The 2021 Moscofilero (in the Skouras transliteration) comes in with 4.5 grams of residual sugar, 6.4 of total acidity and 12.2% alcohol. This is sourced from vines at 650 meters in altitude. A kinder and gentler wine... Read More
(3/21/2022) "Very peachy and floral viognier nose, then juicy and lively on the medium-bodied palate. Not so complex, but very nicely balanced and rather refreshing, too! From organically grown grapes. Drink now."
(12/2022) Here's a smartly priced Dolcetto that pairs perfectly with weeknight pizza, pasta or leftovers. Mixed fruits, subtle earth, fresh acidity and a soft palate make for a pleasing Piedmont red that hits the right price!... Read More
(8/2022) A supremely smart buy from a small, quality co-op in the Saumur district. 100% Chenin Blanc at just 12.5% ABV gives zippy fresh minerality. With notes of green apple, white peach, brine and white pepper flavors - finishing... Read More
There's surprising heft in this dry, classic Cali white. Carrying just 12% ABV and good acidity the 27 year old vines provide overachieving intensity. Loaded with soft melon fruit, yellow apple, pink florals, and just a whisper... Read More
(3/2023) A nicely soft, semi-sweet bubbly highlighting a caramel twist over a medium-bodied frame. Clean edges provide notes of honey and apricot that will match perfectly with spicy foods. A bright finish offers more stone fruit... Read More
(5/2023) Eschewing tradition, the Durieu brothers blend 50% Carignan with Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault to create this tasty concrete-aged red. Juicy primary red and purple fruit tones herald the way for violets, pepper, bramble... Read More
(6/2023) A crushably yummy Cotes-du-Rhone, this chillable blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre, offers fresh red berries, red flowers, white pepper and a bit of grainy earth. Modest in... Read More
(11/30/2022) "The young and unoaked 2021 Organic Malbec belongs to the range of certified organic wines, and it's the purest expression of the variety. It's young, fresh and fruit-driven, with 13.2% alcohol, good freshness... Read More
Skip the Manischwitz wine, if you need a Kosher for Passover red with sweetness, check out this wine from northeastern Italy. The Italians do this style of wine well, and it actually made from Vitis Vinifera and drinks like a... Read More
(8/2021) Rainwater is the perfect intro to Madeira, a wine that can literally be kept for years even after the bottle is opened. Sweetness is met with balancing lift. This is inexpensive enough to use for cooking, and good enough... Read More
(5/2023) Crafted with 50% Niellucciu, 35% Sciaccarellu, and 15% Grenache, this exciting Corsican Rose brings the sun, salt and energy from the heart of the island. Ensconced in juicy nectarine, peach blossom, white florals, strawberry... Read More
(11/2022) A perfect everyday Port - when you want a little something sweet to go with the flourless chocolate cake, or with a cigar by the cold weather campfire. Red fruits, a little chew and a super smart price.
(11/2022) Our go-to entry-level Tawny Port from Cockburn's is just-right. Dried fruits, including fig, raisin and red berries, intermingle with caramel, bergamot and holiday spice flavors. Great around the Holidays, or with... Read More
Apulian red wine tradition, with a modern hand - this is how we describe the delicious bottlings from Cantele. Their Salice Salentino Riserva is crafted from 100% Negromaro. Packed with dark berries, rustic earth and a clean,... Read More
(7/2021) A liter of groovy Gruner for a song, this Vin Chicago favorite continues to be a great value. Characteristics of the cooler, more "classic" 2020 Austrian vintage is conveyed clearly in the form of a particularly bright,... Read More
"Light straw to the eye, this sparkling wine has aromas of peach, apricot and rose petal. It is effervescent on the tongue, with flavors of white peach, mango, orange zest, honeysuckle and a cotton candy finish." (9/1/2022)
(5/2023) This venerable Vin Chicago favorite is back, and it's as rocking good as ever! Fresh and clean, this partnership of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier offers notes of pear, quince, honeycomb, peach, sea salt, citrus... Read More
(11/2021) Sometimes you just want something simple, light and delicious -- this Joven or "young" bottling from Valderiz is the ticket! 100% Tinta del Pais, crafted from younger, organically-farmed estate vines -- presented in... Read More
(2/20/2021) "Aromas of fresh violets, currants, plums, savory herbs and oyster shell. Cocoa and iodine, too. It's medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Deliciously savory and succulent. Drink now."
(8/2022) Initially shy, with aeration this Alsatian Riesling delivers notes of crystalline white pear, peach and lemon which are fruity on its generous attack, cleansed away by minerality into a pleasant clean, dry finish. A massive... Read More
"This deep garnet wine has a nose of cassis, caramel and juniper berry. Stiff tannins frame flavors of black currant, blackberry, licorice, anise and mint. It is spicy on the palate with a note of butterscotch on the finish."... Read More
(8/2022) This Alsatian Pinot Gris is a huge value, delivering honeyed lushness to its cantaloupe, Bartlett pear and apricot laid atop a spiced medium-to-full bodied frame with very soft, gentle acidity playing out on a fairly... Read More
(9/2022) Here's a smart value "declassified" white Bordeaux built on Sauvignon Blanc with a smaller bit of Semillon. Fresh, with a mineral edge, this tasty everyday white offers crunchy citrus and orchard fruit, with subtle... Read More
(12/2022) Tangy red berry fruits impress with this smart priced bottling from Hahn. Black cherry, red flowers and a soft mouthfeel come alive with balanced acidity - a solid Central Coast Pinot at a very fair price!
(12/14/2020) "A complex, fresh fino that has aromas of dried wood, hazelnuts, apples and smoked nuts. The palate offers a smoothly rendered, fresh and seamless delivery of savory, creamy style. Finishes fresh. Drink now."
(12/2022) Classic Chardonnay flavors can be found here, with flavors of baked apple, tangerine, honeysuckle and vanilla bean sitting atop a creamy mouthfeel, balanced by fresh zestiness. Simple and well assembled, this is a crowd... Read More
(03/31/2022) "Delightfully fruity, raspberry-tinged nose. Medium-bodied and rounded. The alcohol rises up a bit on the finish, and the tannins are a little green. But it's lively and has bags of fruit. Not the most refined... Read More
(5/1/2023) "Bright, fleshy fruit aromas of peach, pineapple, passion fruit and lime, with subtle grass and herbal nuances, open this Sauvignon. The palate is juicy and vibrant with prickly acidity and a touch of residual sugar.... Read More
(4/2023) This flavorful Cali Cab sees minimal new oak (6%) and settles down with a little time in your glass to deliver assertive notes of tart blueberry, raspberry preserve, blackberry, smoked jerky, Aleppo pepper and singed... Read More
(4/2019) The Tishbi family makes solid Kosher wines from noble grapes, including this slightly off-dry Riesling. Sourced from the Shomron region of Israel, this effort gives fresh, fruity flavors of green apple, white raspberry... Read More
(3/25/2021) "Aromas of violets, blueberries, blackberries and espresso. It's medium-bodied with sleek tannins and fresh acidity. Fun and easy-drinking. From organically grown grapes. Vegan. Drink now. Screw cap."
(5/1/2023) "This rich, black-fruited wine has solid tannins that are balanced by a dense texture. A blend of fruit from different regions of Portugal and with five different grapes, the wine is still a little young. As its texture... Read More
(4/2023) This refreshing Chardonnay from the Jackson family is soft and satisfying. A combination of stainless steel and neutral barrel fermentation produces a wine of great texture in this cool region. Notes of pineapple, grilled... Read More
(10/5/2020) "Very bright and transparent character to this with blackberry, cherry and light walnut character. Medium-bodied with light yet firm tannins and a linear finish. Nice tension. From organically grown grapes. Drink now."
(7/2022) This tasty Sauvignon Blanc comes from a small, quality focused co-op in the Brissac district of the Loire Valley. Citrus and green orchard fruit notes, along with a crisp mineral core earn this wine a spot on our shelves!... Read More
(10/31/2022) "This light, fresh white is overtly citrusy, with lime zest, tangerine and makrut lime leaf flavors that are light on their feet but plenty intense, showing notes of lemon verbena and lemongrass on the finish. Drink... Read More
(4/2023) This attractively priced French Chardonnay hails from a quality grower in the western stretches of the Languedoc. A warm-hearted, unoaked expression, it boasts well-integrated notes of salted cantaloupe, yellow apple,... Read More
(5/2023) Cloudline is produced by the Oregon outpost of Burgundy's famed Domaine Drouhin. Presented in a 20%-lighter-than-normal "eco-glass" bottle, this 100% Willamette Valley Rose of Pinot Noir is simply delicious. Treat... Read More
(11/11/2021) "The very young and juicy 2020 Evodia comes from a year with more rain than average and moderately warm temperatures that resulted in an early harvest of a generous crop that delivered wines of lower alcohol (14.5%)... Read More
(5/2019) This stuff rocks, and the price is crazy good! Made in a bone-dry style, the 90+ "Lot 50" Prosecco offers crisp citrus and apple skin flavors along with a hint of richness. Taut and very fresh, with a brisk bubbly stream,... Read More
(3/2023) An all-star value in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for a decade, the "Lot 2" is packed with bright, lip-smacking notes of passion fruit, guava, lemongrass, quince, pineapple and dried herbs. A fun pairing for anything from... Read More
(11/11/2021) "The young, grapey and heady 2019 OGV Old Garnacha Vine is ripe at 14.7% alcohol, but it has good freshness and moderate acidity that make it soft and balanced and give it a velvety mouthfeel with fine tannins and... Read More
Snappy and fresh at 13% ABV with notes cherry, raspberry essence, with hints of fresh Mediterranean herb and cracked white peppercorn. It's our quintessential, reliable southern French value pink! (3/2023)
Return of the world's great Cab value! No press yet, but here's bottle that yields a great track-record of reliability and history of 90-point scores. All this, while effectively maintaining its shockingly low price for... Read More
(13/31/2022) "This hedonistic treat is a well-executed take on the buttery-creamy style of Chardonnay. The wine features coconut and warm apple-pie aromas, with a splash of rose water on the nose. Flavors such as lemon butter,... Read More