AG Pick: Mandolin Syrah 2009

Easy to drink and easy on the wallet, the 2009 Mandolin Syrah is the kind of wine you can enjoy any day of the week. This wine comes from the Monterey region in California’s Central Coast, an AVA that is influenced by its proximity to the ocean. Vineyards in this part of the Central Coast […]

AG Pick: Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2007

With its cool climate, New Zealand has the ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir.  In fact, Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red wine grape in the country.  Yet as with a lot of Pinot Noir, finding a bottle from New Zealand that suits your tastes can be tricky. But there’s no finger crossing […]

AG Pick: Heron Hill Chardonnay 2009

Need a break from overly oaked California Chardonnay? Head across the country to upstate New York for Heron Hill Winery’s elegant and satisfying 2009 unoaked Chardonnay. Heron Hill has been producing cool-climate Chardonnay and Riesling for more than 30 years in the Finger Lakes region. The vineyards’ location near Keuka Lake helps protect the vines […]

AG Pick Under $15: Goose Ridge G3 2008

While tasting a variety of reds earlier this week at the San Clemente Wine Company in Orange County, California, it was not a California wine but a Washington state one that stood out. The wine: the 2008 Goose Ridge G³. Rich and elegant with intense dark fruit notes, the wine had me hooked from my […]