On Wednesday November 15, 2017, I helped facilitate the latest Twitter tasting with Villa Maria Estate, and I could not be more pleased with the selections that the winery sent to me to taste and review. Time and time again, Villa Maria fulfills at a price point that all wine lovers can enjoy. Thus, I … Continue reading Villa Maria Estate: The Beth’s Smart Sip Trifecta!
It has been a while since I published what I would call a Beth’s Smart Sip, a wine whose quality exceeds its price point, but I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to taste the 2016 Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (SRP $12.95, sample provided by Nonni Strategic Marketing, LLC), and share my … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: 2016 Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
The 2016 Bridge Lane Chardonnay (Lieb Vineyard, North Fork of Long Island, New York), produced and bottled by Lieb Cellars under their second label, is everything I love about chardonnay: clean, crisp, dry, and pure. Oakless fermentation and aging allows the bright, tart and zingy acidity to shine. Imagine biting into a crunchy, green apple, … Continue reading 2016 Bridge Lane Chardonnay: My Wine of the Moment and Beth’s Smart Sip
It’s been over a month since I had what I would label a Beth’s Smart Sip, but this past week, I tasted another wine from Coquerel Wines. Coquerel had sent to me a selection of samples last fall and it’s taken me until now to taste them because I tend to select wines to taste based … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: 2013 Le Petit Coquerel Verdelho
Many of you know that I am a big fan of Flora Springs. While Flora Springs is one of Napa Valley’s largest family owned and operated wineries, the staff there always make me feel welcomed, whether I visit the tasting room or the estate. In the wholesale market, you might know Flora Springs because of … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: 2013 Flora Springs Poggio del Papa
Cave de Turckheim, founded in 1955, is a cooperative of 216 growers in Alsace that produces a variety of wines, including Crémant d’Alsace brut, demi-sec, and rosé brut, chasselas, gewürztraminer, muscat, pinot blanc, pinot gris, pinot noir, riesling, sylvaner, and a selection of Vendanges Tardives (late-harvest wines) under different brand names. I have had the … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: 2013 Cave de Turckheim Tradition Pinot Gris
In 2012, 2013, 2014, and earlier this year, I have shared with you the history and success of Villa Maria Estate, which is also detailed at this link. It is no surprise that the quality of these wines continues to impress at great price points. Therefore, when I was asked to participate in my fifth … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: Villa Maria Private Bin and Cellar Selection Pinot Noir
In 2013, part of my transition from higher education to the wine business included a stint as the executive assistant for Preston-Layne & Partners (wine sales) and Magnum Wines International (wine importer). It was during this time that I first had the opportunity to taste a vintage of Bodega Don Juan del Águila Gaznata Joven, Castilla y … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: 2012 Bodega Don Juan del Águila Gaznata Joven
I haven’t been reviewing as many standalone wines lately as I’ve been focusing more on experiences, especially winery experiences for American Winery Guide. I have TEN winery reviews in the queue for publication, so stay tuned for those to go live throughout 2016. At any rate, I recently enjoyed a couple of noteworthy samples that … Continue reading June Solstice Sippers!
Just a few posts ago, I was saying how pinot gris wasn’t a go-to varietal wine for me. I am going to eat my words right this very second because I have discovered another good example, this time, a pinot gris from Willamette Valley, Oregon. The 2014 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, a … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: 2014 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris