Top 10 Vineyards In California

California is the largest and most important wine growing region of both the West Coast and the entire United States. Its viticultural history dates back to the 1800s, but its renaissance and true ascension to winemaking prominence occurred during the 1970s. The first California vines were planted … [Read more...]

Top 10 Vineyards in Oregon

One of the world’s youngest (but most promising) wine regions, Oregon first made its mark on the wine world in the 1960s and has continued its astronomical rise to prominence ever since. The state of Oregon is home to 16 winegrowing regions called American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Oregon is … [Read more...]

Top 10 Vineyards in Virginia

Wine growing in Virginia dates back to the early seventeenth century, when English settlers at Jamestown unsuccessfully attempted to cultivate European vines. The coastal climate of the Chesapeake proved inhospitable for grape growing, but modern technology and viticultural techniques have solved … [Read more...]

Judging the Judgings

By Dan Berger Judging wine isn’t a science, though those who publish numbers for wine rankings imply it is equivalent to the grade placed on a math test.      I’ve written before of the difficulty of determining how a 2007 Chevalier-Montrachet that is blessed with a score of 93 compares with a 91 … [Read more...]


By Dan Berger The director of a national wine competition got a nasty note from the owner of a small winery saying he would not enter the wine competition because, he alleged, all such competitions were rigged. His rationale: the gold medals in many categories go only to wines selling for $5 to … [Read more...]

Wine Auctions

Wine Auction vs. Charity Auction You may have heard about the various charity wine auctions that exist in northern California, and even a major wine auction in Florida. They are unrelated to the “real” auctions that have been around the wine world for many decades. True Wine Auctions Professional … [Read more...]

Wine Clubs

Wine Clubs for Enthusiasts, Novices, & Wineries While not a recent development, Wine Clubs have taken on a new and greater significance with wine enthusiasts and wineries in the past decades since the introduction of the internet. Legal Restrictions for Wine Clubs Prior to the World Wide Web, … [Read more...]