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Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Geissler Pinot Blanc 2011 Kabinett Trocken, Pfalz, Germany

Of all the major winemaking countries, Germany has the most unique laws regarding wine production. In addition to geographic boundaries,

The steeply-terraced vineyards of Germany

there are classifications for ripeness and sugar levels in the grapes at the time of harvest. In theory this is a good idea, since the climate is cold and […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Onabay Vineyard’s Brut Blanc de Blancs 2007, Long Island

California produces nine out of every ten bottles of domestic wine. That doesn’t leave much room for every other state, but thankfully the small producers in places like New York’s North Fork of Long

Onabay's vineyards near Peconic Bay on the North Fork of Long Island

Island are really making strides, and OnaBay Vineyards […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Jean Marc Crochet Sancerre 2010, France

Long live Sauvignon Blanc. It’s grown all over the world and it takes on many different styles, but one thing is for sure – if you’re looking for fresh, crisp, clean, and appetizing wines, Sancerre is a solid go-to appellation. Deep in the heart of the Loire River Valley in France, Sauvignon Blanc reigns supreme […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Willm Pinot Blanc Reserve 2011, Alsace, France

Pinot Blanc is at home in Alsace in eastern France, where the cool air from the Black Forest, Vosges Mountains, and Rhine River help moderate the temperatures in this sub-Alpine area. The soil is a mix of limestone, sand, and salt, and the grapevines grow deep into the bedrock to capture water trapped within the […]

Wines of the EquinoX – Sept. 21, 2011

The equinox is always a tricky time of year. On this day (and one other day in the spring) the equator is even-keeled, and if

Marilisa Allegrini dishin' on the Veneto at Eataly's La Scuola.

you’re in the northern hemisphere, it means that winter is on the way and the warm days of autumn […]