Chateau Carignan 2005 “Prima” Cotes de Bordeaux

When I took a group of my students to Bordeaux, we stayed just a few miles from this Chateau. I did not expect much of this wine when I first tasted it (it is from the unremarkable region of Entre Deux Mers). That expectation was soon put to rest. This is a generous...

Domaine du Cayron 2007 Gigondas

$31.99 may seem like a lot to pay for a Southern Rhone bottling that’s not Chateauneuf-du-Pape (although those tend to be far more these days…), but this one, from the stellar ’07 vintage, is worth it and then some. Its rich fruit makes it excellent...

Emilia Romagna

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva “Vigna Bucerchiale”, 2003, Toscana Of the seven sub-zones of the Chianti DOCG outside the Classico area, Rufina is the most highly regarded. Tucked into the foothills approaching the regional border with Emilia-Romagna...