Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

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Sometimes, you just have to be honest that a wine doesn't live up to its price tag. It's always especially deflating to remember how much one shelled out at a winery's tasting room in fees, plus the cost of the wine that you purchased during the visit. To a large degree, I feel that way … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel

I have been fortunate enough to visit a number of wine regions in the U.S. and Europe. Those experiences were incredibly instructive and memorable, but there have been instances where I have left a winery or a region and felt disappointed. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is far more the exception than a rule … Continue reading Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel

Tasting Note: 2015 MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Vine Hill Road Chardonnay

On a recent trip to Sonoma, I discovered the wines of MacPhail. While I'm a bit late to the MacPhail party, it was not hard to develop a quick appreciation for their small production wines. The tasting was terroir-focused and went through the different soils and climates of Sonoma - focused mostly in and around … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Vine Hill Road Chardonnay