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Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2013, Sancerre France

The weather is finally turning and that means it’s time to indulge in lighter wines – a better fit for the season and the spring bounty of fresh

Pascal Jolivet's 2013 Sancerre Rosé

produce. Many folks turn to white wines and rosé wines throughout the spring and summer for this reason. For something […]

New Zealand’s Zealous Gents

New Zealand is one of the smaller players in the international wine market, but pound for pound, wines from these petite islands can really deliver on price and quality. Despite being located at the extreme southern latitude for vine growth (around 45 degrees), the intense contrast between maritime and continental temperatures provides the conditions necessary […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Garaudet Monthelie “Cuvee Paul” 2005, Burgundy, France

Burgundy remains one of the premier winemaking zones in the world. It’s a unique landscape, and it’s proven itself to be the place to make great Pinot Noir wines. There is also such a great diversity from vineyard to vineyard and from producer to producer that it takes a lifetime, and then some, to ever […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir 2008

Chile's main winegrowing areas

Casillero del Diablo is a brand produced by the Concha Y Toro Winery in Chile. The estate is one of Chile’s most successful commercial wineries, and is responsible in part for Chile’s emergence as one of the primary wine exporting countries in the world.

I’m always interested in tasting Pinot […]