Category Archives: American Appellation

RECOMMENDED: Flipflop Riesling, NV. American (Left Coast, primarily Washington state). $6.99. 12% ABV

COLOR: Pale yellow. AROMA: Peach, apricot, melon. TASTE: Tropical fruits, balanced sweetness. Creamy, surprisingly medium-bodied. Still. FINISH: Surprisingly long. This wine is moderately sweet, somewhat creamy, and direct. By “direct” I mean that compared with many austere and “serious” Rieslings, … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Biltmore Cabernet Sauvignon, American (69% California, 31% North Carolina), NV.* 13.9% alcohol. $14.99 on the Biltmore Web site; $11.99 at our local ABC store.

* The vintage is 2008. However, wines labeled with an “American” appellation are, by law, not permitted to carry a vintage date on the label. Oh, wow. What a delicious wine. And what an interesting story behind it. First, it’s … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 40 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

2007 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. 14%. Aged in new French and American oak, 15 months. www.BodegasRamonBilbao.es. $16.99. 2008 Sterling Napa (silver label) Chardonnay. An old-California-style, big and chewy, oaky, velvety, buttery Chardonnary. Not as big as the 1980 Napa … Continue reading

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