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Wines for a Jack$on (under $20) – Chateau Larose – Trintaudon, Bordeaux, France 2005

It’s increasingly harder to find great wines under $20 from European wine producing countries. One must account for the Euro’s dominance of the dollar pretty much since its inception in the early 2000s. The high exchange rate and the rise in fuel charges have pushed many $15 wines into the $20+ range. There’s another factor […]

Wine for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Chateau Tramont 2005, Moulis, France

Moulis is one of the smaller and lesser-known appellations of Bordeaux, and as a result, wines from this small dot on the map are some of the most affordable Bordeaux wines available, yet still offer the trademark flavors of great French red wines. Moulis, along with another small appellation, Listrac, hangs out on the western […]

Interview with winemaker Sam Baxter of Terra Valentine, Napa Valley, CA

As he grew up in a family surrounded by wine, Sam Baxter was at his father’s side learning about the intricacies of wine production in Napa Valley. He later went on to study viticulture at UC

Napa Valley, California

Davis, the premier enology school in the United States. After working in Australia, Sam landed […]