Red Wine

Wine Review: Grgich Hills 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Review: Grgich Hills 2014 Cabernet, because you get to do what you get to do

Sometimes little things deserve a celebration. Sure, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve are all grand occasions and worthy of uncorking something special. But why not take some time out every now and again to recognize an everyday accomplishment, however minor? In this case, that would be...
Wente Vineyards: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir wine reviews

Trio of Wente wines offer superb quality for the price — plus a widely available Chardonnay

Here's a trio of wines that should be on your spring and summer shopping lists. Wente Vineyards has released three new wines that taste delicious, yet don't break the bank: 2015 Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay ($22) 2014 Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ($30) 2014...
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!