My Favorites [and one stinker]


Tuesday, I had the worst wine that I can recall [see photo]. 58 pts. My tasting notes are pushing into 500 bottles territory since last April, and this will currently hold bottom spot. All-time worst. I felt ripped off, and I only spent $10.

This horrid experience made me reflect on the other side of the spectrum – the notably exceptional experiences. I have a teeny little check box in my tasting notes database if the wine’s a personal favorite, making it easy to dig up what really struck me. So here’s a list – not a comprehensive one of all the great wines I’ve tried – simply those that really worked with my biochemistry and make them wines for me.


2003 Chateau de Carles, Fronsac

2001 Chateau de la Riviere, Fronsac

2003 Chateau Fonbadet, Pauillac

1994 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac

2003 Chateau Puygueraud, Cotes de Francs

2001 Domaine Grand Veneur, Chateauneuf du Pape les Origines

2006 Domaine Pavelot, Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Les Serpentieres, Burgundy

2001 Philippe Prunier Damy, Pommard ‘Trois Follots’, Burgundy

2004 Yvon Metras, Fleurie, Burgundy

2003 Lunae Niccolo V Rosso, Liguria

2003 Sette Ponti Crognolo, Tuscany

2005 Hendry Primitivo, Napa, California


2004 Chateau la Canorgue Rose, Luberon


2004 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Altenbourg

2006 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Scholssberg

2002 Leon Beyer Riesling Comtes d’Eguisheim

2005 Leon Beyer Gewurztraminer Comptes d’Eguisheim

2005 Paul Zinck Riesling Grand Cru Rangen

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