Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Invest a few dollars in a champagne stopper for this champagne, and serve it for two occasions. First, sip it with caviar on New Year’s Eve.  The wine is a pale tan-yellow with tiny bubbles in the glass, and th...

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

This pale tan sparkling wine has a frothy mousse and a light, fresh aroma wafting up from the glass. It’s peachy but dry on the palate, with nice chalky elements toward the end palate, and hints of almond and h...

2012 Paul Mas Estate Pinot Noir

A good French Pinot Noir for under $15 is a rare pleasure. Cherry, anise, and a touch of milk chocolate come through on the nose. Strawberry and redcurrant soar over star anise and milk chocolate, with a ...

2009 Plantagenet Shiraz

This is a big mouthful of wine, but bright and fresh, not jammy. The nose has aromas of blackberries and wood smoke. Blackberries lead on the palate, followed by smoke, vanilla, and bacon, which lingers with ...