I’m continually in search of an honest drink, and am direct in everything I write here. Wine, beer, spirits, cider, all fair game. Sake, too, though it knocks me on my butt.

I’m fortunate to taste a lot of really great — and expensive — wine I cannot afford otherwise. I appreciate each and every opportunity to do so. Yet at the end of the day, I’m a consumer with limited funds to purchase wine and other adult beverages, and am always on the lookout for bargains. When I find them, I’ll recommend them here … AFTER I’ve purchased a case for myself. (:

Warrior in a Can: Let Him Out

The can is cool again for beer, wine is showing flashes of acceptance in aluminum containers, and now it’s saké’s turn to be enjoyed from a metal cylinder. In Japan, “cup” saké is popular as a single serving of the...

New Reviews Sept. 21 2017

WHITE Alamos 2016 Torrontes Salta Argentina ($13) This delicious, easy-to-drink wine can be found for $10 or less at chain grocery stores. It’s a fab party wine, with juicy pineapple, Asian pear and grilled peach personality, and enough acidity to...

Ashes, Diamonds & Discovery

The email invited me to preview yet another new Napa Valley winery. Oh, great, more Cabernet. Yawn. But the sender of the invite is a trusted PR pro, so I kept reading her email until I fixed on the names...

Duckhorn Acquires Calera

Duckhorn Wine Co. announced today its acquisition of Calera Wine Co. from California Pinot Noir pioneer Josh Jensen. DWC, which includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Goldeneye, Paraduxx, Migration, Decoy and Canvasback, continues its growth, this time in Hollister, in San Benito County....

Farewell, Dennis Martin

[caption id="attachment_216" align="aligncenter" width="355"] Dennis Martin[/caption] Longtime Fetzer Vineyards winemaker Dennis Martin died Aug. 13, and I miss him already. Denny, who succumbed to cancer at age 69, was a key cog in Fetzer’s winemaking machine for more than three...