I Love Organic Wine - A Mendocino, California Cabernet Sauvignon

Bonterra WineMendocino County faces the Pacific Ocean, past Sonoma and Marin Counties to the north of San Francisco. This lovely area is best known for its sparkling wines including some by the French Champagne house Roederer Estate. The wine reviewed below comes from the Ukiah Valley, home to several prestigious wine makers, two breweries, and a town named Ukiah which was voted the #1 best small town to live in California.  Bonterra is an organic wine producer who also makes biodynamic wine costing over twice today's offering. Their main ranch building is made of reclaimed materials.

St. DonatusA Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Grapey White From Hungary

Very early in this series I reviewed a quite inexpensive Hungarian Rizling, also spelled Riesling. Now it's time to review another Hungarian white, based on the unknown Irsai Oliver grape. Given its name, we may assume that these grapes come from near Lake Balaton, the Hungarian sea southwest of Budapest. Given its price, we may assume that these grapes don't come from valuable lakefront property. Of course, this may all be a marketing ploy and the grapes may in actuality come from a totally different region of Hungary. I don't read or speak Hungarian, so I'll probably never know. By the way, please don't be shy about communicating your knowledge; I'll be glad to update this article.

Just a few words about Hungarian wine. Arguably the world's finest dessert wine is the Tokaji. The tsars used to drink the top of the line bottles. The Esszencias are out of sight, but the Puttonyos can be great. The higher the Puttonyos number; the sweeter and pricier the wine. Depending on your budget, look for a 4, 5, or 6. And now back to our $10 wine.

Aged WineAged Wine Is It That Big Of A Deal?

A friend of mine calls me to tell me his father bought a hotel and with it came a wine cellar. His father wanted to sell it and I happened to be starting out in the wine business. I really didn't know much about wine but my partner did he was a teacher at the local college, he taught wine classes.

So we took a trip to the hotel to check out the cellar. He was like a kid in a candy shop it was nuts 1967 Mondavi Reserve Cab, 1969 Beringer Private Reserve Cab, all kinds of crazy bottles, you wouldn't believe how many cases were there and the new owner of the hotel didn't really want it. So we took some to see if there was a market for it. The problem we ran into is that we didn't know how to price it and this was in the late 80's and early 90's there was no ebay to look it up. The only way you could get the value was to look at auctions. But then we couldn't certify that the wine was stored correctly, so we really couldn't sell any.

MezzoMondo Negroamaro Salento 2007A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Basic Red From Southern Italy

You may know that I am a fan of fine Italian wine, and have managed to taste and review at least one wine from each of Italy's twenty regions. This column has examined several bargain Italian wines. Today we are going to look at a red wine from Apulia, also known as Puglia. This mostly flat region is second in Italian wine production to Sicily. Both regions have made major efforts to upgrade their wine quality; in general, Sicily has been more successful.

This red wine is based on Apulia's most popular grape, Negroamaro, which means black and bitter. This is one of the ten most copmmonly grown grapes in Italy. The wine reviewed below is distributed by a high-volume exporter. We're talking about an annual volume of 25 million bottles and over 4 million 3-liter bag in a box wines. This may explain the price. What about the quality? Keep reading.

A Quick Guide To White Wine

White wine is the lighter, simpler opposite number of red wine, though it is no less dignified as a drink. White wine is actually straw-like in colour, as a result of the colours of the grapes from which they are fermented, and if those grapes are purplish, by removing the outer coverings prior to fermentation. The liquid that forms the wine is treated with yeast for a variable length of time. The yeast treatment can be halted in the middle to form sparkling or sweet wine, or brought to its final stage to make a dry wine. When fermentation is ended, the wine will be filtered, and then aged in vats for between one week to one year. In the end, the wine is steadied and treated before it gets poured into bottles.