(12/31/2022) "The color of this wine is a stunning deep-red verging on purple. The aromas are full of ripe plums and black cherries. This juicy fruit is in balance with the more gamy, earthy and herbal notes that appear on the... Read More
"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)
(10/2023) Wow, what a wine. This intensely mineral and densely rich white is crafted from 100% Chenin Blanc. Farmed from vineyards in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley, this fresh and creamy white tastes of honey, ripe nectarine,... Read More
(9/2023) Though the elevation is high and temps are delightfully cool, the sunny Savoie can make some rich-feeling whites in eastern France that still pack in the salty minerality with just-right acidity. This Altesse gives notes... Read More
(8/2023) Wines like this are why we love good Pinot Grigio! Fleshy, with an array of citrus, orchard and stone fruits, plus a hint of skin-contact grip and an ever-so-slight pale salmon color, this balanced, rounded, lifted dry... Read More
(7/1/2023) "Broad aromas of white pear, poached apple and citrus peel draw the nose into this widely popular bottling. There's a yuzu and grapefruit zestiness to the palate, giving an edge to the fleshy pear core."
(9/1/2023) "Light in the glass but exuberant on the nose, this bottling leaps out with aromas of passionfruit, lime sorbet and cut grass, blending tropical notes with a classical profile. The palate is more grassy and lime-driven,... Read More
(12/5/2021) "Blackcurrants, plums, bay leaves and dried spices on the nose. Some caramel and walnut. It's full-bodied with creamy tannins. Rich and polished with a spicy, flavorful finish. Vegan. Drink or hold."
(10/30/2020) "The quality/price champion 2018 La Montesa is now 100% Garnacha from organically farmed vineyards from the 100-hectare family property that gives the wine its name. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless... 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."
(8/2023) From 2.5 hectares of 35-year-old vines in sandy soils, brothers Jules and Louis Gasparri craft a vivid, textbook Cotes-du-Rhone from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Marselan fermented in concrete. This is a small-batch... Read More
One of our favorites is back! From vineyards near Modena - home to the iconic Ferrari autos and aged balsamic vinegar - this is a dry, light, spritzy, bright pink-colored wine full of irresistible flavors of strawberry, cherry... 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
(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
(5/1/2023) "Almost translucent in the glass, this refreshing, Peloponnesian wine has ripe pineapple aromas offset by faint notes of petrol and black pepper. Bright acidity headlines the palate, with the slightest hint of funky... Read More
(4/1/2023) "Dark strawberry, raspberry jam and light herb aromas make for a familiar and complex nose on his bottling. The palate is edgy in texture and brisk in flavor, showing red plum, pomegranate and rounded red-flower flavors,... Read More
(5/30/2022) "Olives and fresh blackcurrants with nice twists of bay leaf and dark chocolate. This is a medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon with crunchy red and black cherries and tight but silky tannins. More red fruit here. 10%... 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
(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
(6/2023) This Vin Chicago favorite 10-year-old southern Italian red is flat-out fun! Aged only in stainless steel and bottle, this wine screams country charm. Look for an abundance of flavors including loads of dried herbs, earth,... Read More
(11/8/2023) "Creamy and lush, with flavors of lemon meringue, lemon curd and creme anglaise that show accents of marmalade and apricot pastry, plus fresh grace notes of tangerine, candied ginger and toasted, buttery brioche. A... Read More
(3/25/2023) "Plenty of sliced green apple and lemon with mineral and sliced white peach character. Hints of celery. Medium body. Crisp and fresh. Some attractive texture to this. Sustainable. Drink now. Screw cap."
(6/5/2021) "Juicy blue fruits, leafy tobacco, violets, and orange blossom notes all emerge from the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Cs and it's medium to full-bodied, has a beautifully balanced, fruit-forward style, no hard edges,... Read More
(8/2023) Here's a delicious Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc for a seriously good price! This bone-dry, crisp, mineral-driven white offers flavors of green orchard fruit, lemon, peppers and lentils along with loads of stony tension.... Read More
(4/4/2023) "Fresh, vibrant aromatics, full of sweet peaches, orange citrus, orange blossom and fresh carnival grapes. Fine, creamy mousse on the sweet but fresh palate with plenty of sweet lemons and melon. A solid, well-balanced... Read More
(6/2023) Vigneron Olivier Villaneuva ran a small viticulture business before taking over his family's Languedoc proerty. Olivier must know what he's doing, as former clients include famed Bordeaux personalites Michel Rolland... 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
(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."
(7/6/2022) "The attractively bright, melon nose is as welcoming as the soft, juicy palate of this prototypical Italian pinot grigio. A hint of tannin neatly anchors the creamy and spritzy finish. From organically grown grapes.... Read More
(9/2022) The fan favorite "Owl" white from masterful Loire technician Jeremie Mourat is back, and it is super-solid again! A blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay this dry, mineral-themed wine offers plenty of verve and nervous... Read More
(10/2023) Aromatically intense with pure, deliciously juicy overtones of peach and apricot complicated by apple blossom, mango, salted cantaloupe, green plum, jasmine and white tea nuances, this surprisingly complex wine is impossible... 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
(2/9/2023) "A fruity merlot with some sweet cherries, plums, spices and fine herbs. Medium-bodied on the palate with firm tannins and plenty of fruit in the finish. Generous, round and soft. Easy to appreciate. Merlot mostly coming... 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
(10/2023) Little James has grown up! This new labeling of the old basket press wine keeps its everyday pricing but adds some seriousness. It is 50/50 Sauvingon Blanc and Viognier. The nose is a beautiful balancing act between... 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
(7/2023) We love Verdicchio! This unheralded white grape, grown most famously in the northern region of Marche, somehow continues to fly under the radar. Lucky for us because it keeps this incredible varietal one of the best values... Read More
(8/2023) We're always looking for tasty, smartly priced Prosecco bottlings that offer broad appeal, and we found one! An extra dry designation, meaning not bone dry, this Bellussi is generous yet zippy and fresh, offering... Read More
(8/2023) Delicious! Simple and fresh, with peppery citrus and orchard fruits, satisfying the palate in a bottle-draining sort of way. Look for white raspberry, lemon concentrate and yellow pear flavors with mache, green herbs... 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
(7/2023) Don't be confused, this Italian white has nothing to do with Zinfandel! From a quality-minded co-op in Southern Italy's Puglia region comes this fresh, fun and highly-aromatic Fiano. The 20-year-old vines soak... 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
(10/2023) Marc Serguier, 6th-generation owner/winemaker at Domaine des Bouzons, bottles smartly-priced Cotes du Rhone reds. His "Friandise" is a blend of primarily Grenache, with a smaller percentage of Syrah and Counoise, from... 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)
(5/16/2023) "A joint-project between Languedoc wine maestro, Gerard Bertrand and Jon Bon Jovi and his son, Jesse, this rose is inspired by those of Provence but has its own identity. Ripe, fresh cherry and strawberry fruit aromas... Read More
(6/2023) An unlikely blend of organically-farmed Chardonnay and Muscat is a wonderful little surprise. The Chardonnay brings light tropical and soft orchard fruits while the Muscat kicks in loads of uplifting floral tones. There's... Read More
Ever tasted the obscure Malvar grape? Neither had we until we were given a sample of this surprisingly complex dry white. Tasting like Albarino-meets-a-really-good-Pinot Grigio, it's a really crazy deal!
(9/2023) Perfect for any day of the week, Xavier Rolin crafts this bottling from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Xavier loved the Cinsault in 2021 and decided to amp up the percentage, a choice that lends a wonderful "sauvage" quality,... Read More
(10/2023) This delicious dry white comes from a two-hectare parcel of Chardonnay vines owned by Hugo and Ludivine just outside the Morgon appellation. Clean and skillfully made, it gives tasty flavors of red and green apple, nectarine... 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
"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
(10/2023) Uniquely, Frenzy sources grapes spanning across both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, bringing a bold, green-leaning profile full of poached pear, lime pith, green bell pepper and barely ripe nectarine and... Read More