Category Archives: California

Big, Full-Bodied California Chardonnay Delivers Plenty for the Price

Harken Wines 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (about $15) – If you enjoy a big, bold Chardonnay with plenty of flavor and full-bodied characteristics, this current release from Harken Wines in California will most certainly deliver the goods. Ripe Golden Delicious apple and pear dominate the fruit flavor profile, with a creamy, round, lingering finish with […]

Leviathan Wines’ 2012 Red Will Make You Think While Putting a Smile on Your Face

Leviathan Wines 2012 Red (about $48) – This four-varietal blend from Napa Valley may cause you to contemplate the wine inside the bottle – with its complexity, power and taste – as well as the bottle itself. Fragrant plum aromas lead off, with dark fruits of cassis and blueberry on the palate, sturdy tannins, and […]

California, Oregon Great Sources for Pinot Noir

Finding pinot noir from Washington isn’t always easy. Finding a good pinot noir from the state can be even more difficult. Close-to-home wineries Challenger Ridge and Mount Baker Vineyards come to mind as producers of this finicky grape, as well as a few wineries in Eastern Washington within the Lake Chelan Appellation and from Gingko […]

California Well Represented at Vancouver International Wine Festival

Even though last month’s Vancouver, BC International Wine Festival had a decidedly European flavor, I found myself spending plenty of time around the California wine section. One thing that’s always appealed to me about California is the broad range of varietals and styles this top-producing US wine area has to offer. From its cooler coastal […]

Sparkling Wines Offer Crowd-Pleasing Choices

It’s New Year’s Eve and that means it’s time to talk Champagne and sparkling wines. For those of you who heeded my advice at this time last year and started enjoying sparkling wine year-round, good for you! For the rest of you who didn’t touch the stuff except at your cousin’s wedding in June and […]