Evening Land 2011 Pouilly Fuisse

Way back when I was in my early twenties,  Pouilly-Fuissé was all the rage. The restaurant I was working at had  three on their wine list.  One of the greatest points of being a chef at such a young age was that I got to experience a lot of great wines early on.  ...

Salviano 2012 Orvieto Classico

Orvieto used to be huge. I still am surprised when younger sommeliers and students don’t recognize the name.  In the 80’s, it was  one of those bottles that white zin lovers could relate to: innocuous, cheap and vaguely sweet. On second thought, maybe...

La Follette 2009 Chardonnay Manchester Ridge Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge (California)

Greg La Follette is not someone who would name a winery after himself. The winery was named Tandem until he sold to Quivira Winery. The purchase agreement allowed him to keep running the winery with one small change: he had to put his name on the label. Greg...

Chateau Saint Jean 2010 Chardonnay, Belle Terre Vineyard

This is an American classic Chardonnay.  Imagine a big ole’ honey bear of a wine, dressed up in a tuxedo, but passed out on a feather bed. Golden and glossy in the glass,  it starts off with a perfumed aroma: ginger, fresh butter, and wild flowers.  On the...

Domaine Cordier 2011 St Veran “en Faux”

White Burgundy Wine Review Cordier is known as a modern winemaker in a region –Burgundy– that more often than not values tradition. One of his signatures is a lavish use of new oak, which shows up on the nose of this Chardonnay. Lean and layered, this is a...