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The 2013 World Value Wine Challenge  
The Results Are In For the World’s Best Tasting Inexpensive Wines

By Jerald O’Kennard

Every year the judges at the Tastings - The Beverage Testing Institute survey the landscape of wines $20 and under in hopes of finding brands that deliver taste and quality beyond their modest price points. This year, we reviewed nearly 600 wines and discovered of treasure trove of great tasting wines from around the world at or below the important price points of $8, $10, $15, and $20.   more >>

A Smattering of French, Italian & Spanish Wines
Out-of-Schedule and Right on Time

By Jerald O’Kennard

We taste and review a lot of wines. In order to do so effectively, we hava a tasting calendar and taste different categories of wine each month according to that calendar. Lately we’ve had a lot of producers that would like to have our thoughtful reviews of their wines, but their production schedules don’t coincide with our calendar.   more >>

Voyages of the Vine  
America’s Original, Zin

By JT Robertson, Special to BTI

Wine drinkers these days are a savvy bunch.  They know about regions, grapes, growers, and vintages.  This is good!  The more we know and demand, the better juice we’ll get.  But an overlooked factor is vine age.  Pinot Noir needs twenty years to start really strutting whereas young Chardonnay can be impressive at fifteen.  Then there are the grapes that really need some years on their skin to start blowing minds: Grenache, Carignan, Zinfandel.  Fortunately, America’s West Coast is loaded with beautiful Old Vine Zin and it’s an absolute shame there isn’t more recognition of one of our viticultural treasures.   more >>

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