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Robert Dwyer
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Visiting Ridge Monte Bello
Ridge Monte Bello tasting room I've enjoyed wines from Ridge Vineyards for years. As the saying goes, "Nobody ever got fired for ordering Ridge" at a work dinner - especially their reasonably priced Zinfandel-driven wines from Sonoma. But their crown jewel ...

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Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Boston Travel Show & Craft Beer Tasting
The Boston Globe Travel Show is coming to the Boston Seaport this weekend February 10-12, 2017. I've been given 2 tickets to the  Northeast Craft
Beer Pavilion  Session A on Friday February 10 from
6-8:30PM (a $70 value) to give away. These tickets include ...

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Dates set for Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2017
Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2017 dates and locations have been announced. They are: Las Vegas May 6, 2017 (a Saturday) Chicago May 9, 2017 (a Tuesday) Miami May 12, 2017 (a Friday) These events are high end walk-around tastings of 200+ wines rated 90+ by Wine...

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Blind Tasting: Two 92 WS 2014 California Pinot Noir Values
Last week I wrote about the $10 off $50 AmEx Offer at Wine.com . I've got quite a few AmEx cards with this offer on them (16 in all at last count) so I decided to go for their StewardShip program that covers shipping on all orders for a year for a flat rate...

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Maximizing the AmEx $10 off $50 Wine.com Offer
AmEx is back with yet another Wine.com offer: $10 off $50. Unlike prior $30 off $100 offers, this one is a proper AmEx Offer. By that I mean you activate the offer on each of your AmEx cards then when you spend $50+ at Wine.com you get a statement credit of...

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Insane Value Alert: 2014 Castle Rock Kristy Vineyard Pinot Noir
2014 Castle Rock Kristy Vineyard Pinot Noir: Oustanding Wine Spectator quiety released [web only] a very interesting rating for the 2014 Castle Rock Kristy Vineyard Pinot Noir recently: 90 points. That in itself isn't that extraordinary. Lots of wines are r...

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Deal Alert: 90 Point WS CA Pinot Noir for less than $10/btl shipped
New York wine retailer Empire Wine is offering the 2014 Castle Rock Monterey County Kristy Vineyard Pinot Noir for $9.85/btl with free shipping on 12 bottles. Direct link to the offer Here's the tasting note from Wine Spectator's James Laube: With a retail ...

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5 Outstanding Italian Restaurants in Boston (that are nowhere near the North End)
Ken Oringer's Coppa in the South End Last night we took our 9 year old to visit a restaurant I've long wanted to visit: Coppa. I don't know why it took us so long to make it a priority to go there (as opposed to re-visiting an old favorite) but it was treme...

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Fall 2016: New Pinot Noirs from Sojourn Cellars
Sojourn Cellars is a small 5,000 case Sonoma producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 2001 by Craig and Helen Haserot along with winemaker Erich Bradley, they've cemented themselves as one of my most reliably outstanding Califo...

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Fall 2016: Newly Released Pinot Noirs from Sojourn Cellars
Sojourn Cellars is a small 5,000 case Sonoma producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 2001 by Craig and Helen Haserot along with winemaker Erich Bradley, they've cemented themselves as one of my most reliably oustanding Califor...
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