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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) – 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 for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Albert Mann Cremant d’Alsace NV, Alsace, France

Known for its racy white wines of Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer, the region of Alsace in eastern France holds many surprises

Albert Mann's Cremant d'Alsace

for the average wine drinker. Like many appellations within the country, there are endless wines to try; endless flavors to discover.

France remains the mecca of sparkling wine production, […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Amity Vineyards Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley Oregon

Pinot Blanc is a popular grape to grow in cooler climate areas such as Oregon, Washington, France, Germany, and Italy. Wines produced from Pinot Blanc typically exhibit crisp citrus flavors of apples and pears with notes of almonds and cream. At one time, Pinot Blanc was thought to be related to Chardonnay, but after numerous […]