It’s a tough question to answer and it is a question that pierces straight through into our subconscious where answers are elusive. Yet, you should have an answer to the question.
Pssst. Here is a secret nobody will tell you: Nearly all of the holiday gift guides in magazines and online are the byproduct of a year’s worth of PR-related samples and press releases. They are less a stamp of careful editorial approval for readers and more of a year-end cleansing ritual, a high colonic for accumulated office crap.
A fantastic wine that will beat the pants off of Cali Cabs with significant price multiples. A strident example of a wine achieving balance between fruit and earth and short-term drinkability versus long-term cellaring. The complex nose of blackberry, dusty earth with hints of soy and mint gives way to a total palate experience with dark fruits, chocolate, graphite and an earthy, incredible finish. Now is the time to buy this one—discounts galore on the Internet make finding one of the bottles from just 749 cases a screaming opportunity.
My request for you is to simply make yourself more intelligently aware of the gross misconduct that occurs related to our wine laws, all of our wine laws, including the ability for retailers to ship where a customer resides, even if outside of state lines.
In Part II of Paul Mabray's review of the best wine-related iPhone application(see Part I), he reveals his Top Five recommendations -- a list that includes wine apps. that yield significant value and functionality.
While there aren't 65,000 wine-related iPhone apps., there are enough to cause you to seek solace in a glass of wine.
Many mainstream wine writers would have you believe that credibility and the ability to analyze a wine is a tenured position at Wine Critic University, available only after having earned a PhD in the Vinous Arts, an honor bestowed after a long career of analyzing and contemplating wine in all of its historical majesty.