A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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Wines for a Jack$on takes center stage in Eataly Vino NYC

The deeper down the rabbit hole you follow Bacchus, the more you search for value and quality. Years ago I chose $20 as a benchmark to separate the wheat the from the chaff in the world of value wine. Not all were great, […]

Wines for a Jack$on (under $20) – Domaine Carneros, Carneros Sparkling Wine Ultra Brut 2008, California

The winemaking zones of the world are pretty straight forward. Within a larger appellation, there are smaller zones, and even smaller sub-zones. This makes navigating the wine world and memorizing certain plots of the world rather feasible. Every now and then there’s a hiccup, such as our current study of wines for a jack$on. Carneros […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Cave Spring Riesling 2007, Niagara, Canada

Canadian Vineyards

Canada’s wine industry is young compared to many industrialized nations, but the success thus far of Canadian wines has helped create a demand in the marketplace. Given the location of many of Canada’s vineyards, the grapes are picked as late as possible to ensure proper sugar levels before fermentation. If the grapes […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Domaine Des Causses Saint Chinian 2005, France

Wines from the Languedoc are often overshadowed by wines from other areas within France. Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, and Champagne still dominate many restaurant wine lists and retail shelves. Despite this, there are many wines from the Languedoc worth seeking out.

The major wine appellations of the Languedoc in southern France

The Languedoc […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Caves Primavera Special Selection 2005, Portugal

Caves Primavera Special Selection 2005

Portugal is one of the lesser-known countries for quality wine production, although just recently within the last five years many great wines have found their way to the marketplace. Given their relatively new status in the American wine market, many great bottles of Portuguese wine can be found […]