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American Wine Royalty: Schramsberg
When I started Opening a Bottle last year, I didn’t realize that I would get the chance to...
Overlooked by Wine Enthusiast: Qupé Maxtap Cuvée
Ahh, the 100-point system for scoring wine. Is there a taller lightning rod in wine circles than...
V is for Vinum: A California Winemaker to Seek Out
Last year, I donned a foam finger for The Scrapper, a sublime Cabernet Franc from Vinum Cellars...
Qupé Syrah Goes to the Rafters
This past winter, I rediscovered Syrah via the red wines of the Northern Rhône River, most notably...
Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir
Its hard to believe, but what is now Santa Barbara County used to be the main wine supplier...
Choosing Chardonnay Wisely
Here at Opening a Bottle, our reviews focus on wine by the bottle, ideally giving each wine ample time...
Black & White & Red All Over: Syrah-Viognier
I’ve been ignoring New World wines on Opening a Bottle lately, probably because I’m going through a roots phase...
Anderson Valley: Gewürztraminer at Its Best
Showing Off the Potential of Gewürz
The Scrapper: Most Aptly Named Wine of the Year
Something strange has happened: I’ve found myself advocating for certain grape varieties as though they were an...
Klinker Brick Zinfandel: This One Goes up to 11
A Brash, 15.8% Alcohol Zin
American Wines for the Fourth of July
Freedom on the nose! Liberty on the palate!
Tasting Room Visit: Alexander Valley Vineyards
Getting to Know Merlot and Cabernet Franc a Little Better