Beth’s Smart Sip: 2016 Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

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

2016 Bridge Lane Chardonnay: My Wine of the Moment and Beth’s Smart Sip

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

Beth’s Smart Sip: 2013 Cave de Turckheim Tradition Pinot Gris

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

Beth’s Smart Sip: Villa Maria Private Bin and Cellar Selection Pinot Noir

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

Beth’s Smart Sip: 2012 Bodega Don Juan del Águila Gaznata Joven

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

Beth’s Smart Sip: 2014 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris

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