No I’m not talking about Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc (but it is that time, too).  I’m talking about Top Lists.  The trusty Wine Spectator just released the Top 10 of their Top 100, and locally, the San Francisco Chronicle just released its Top 100 of the year.

This is enjoyable viewing and reading for me, but knowing that there are so many that are unattainable – either because they are particularly scarce, or just completely out of most normal people’s price range – is always a bit disheartening.  This is more the case for The Wine Spectator than the Chronicle’s list, but there’s still a ton of great information that can be gleaned from these lists. (more…)

Funny story.  Several years ago, a dinner guest brought over a bottle of wine. Of course, I didn’t open it and proceeded to stash it in my paltry wine rack.  It was a fine bottle of Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon (or some other “varietal”).

Several months later I pulled Mr. Shaw out of the rack on my way to a dinner party.  Up until this point I considered myself something more than a novice about wine.  Apparently not.   To my brief embarrassment, as noted by the odd looks I received, I quickly learned about Two-Buck Chuck. (more…)