Red Wine

Matchbook Wine - The Arsonist Red 2012

Wine and The Arsonist

Under any normal, rational scenario I'd say -- and I'd suspect you'd agree -- that an arsonist is not such a good thing. But, when it comes to wine... Dunnigan Hills is one of those places, located in the far Northern reaches of California (in Yolo County) that, like Lodi, Mendocino, doesn't...

Wine of the Week: Sojourn Pinot a svelte beaut from Sonoma Coast

Sojourn Cellars ignites the senses, and all of our cliches, with this sublime Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast.

Who’s gonna ride your wild (Pinot) horses?

As we're wont to say when nursing a two-buck Chuck in our Dixie cups with pinky finger extended James Lipton style: This terroir speaks to me.

A Gnarly Halloween Wine Recommendation

What could be scarier than a twisted old vine from Lodi?

Wine of the Week: Matchbook 2010 Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills California

Apparently, proprietor John Giguiere liked "starting things on fire such as his father's wheat fields."

Santa Lucia!

Recently La Rochelle sent Stark Insider some bottles. And wouldn't you know it. Once again, the Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot again effortlessly acquitted itself with class.

Turnbull the magnificent, underrated wine

Over the years I've cellared up a bunch of Turnbull reds. I look forward to seeing how they evolve over time; it's the kind of "research" that requires lots and lots and lots of tasting!

Wine of the Week: Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

Hands down, Sonoma produces some of the best Cabs and Chards.

Stark Sips: Mount Veeder Winery 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

If there ever was a case to say YMMV, a bottle from Mount Veeder Winery (St. Helena) may very well be the exclamation point.