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2013 Spanish Wine
Searching for Identity in Lesser Known Wine Regions

By JT Robertson, Special to BTI

Coke is different than Pepsi. Reebok is not the same as Nike. Barolo is not Bordeaux. A clearly defined identity is as important in the world of wine as it is for mass market consumables. A wine appellation’s terroir, its tradition of style and quality serve as a signpost, not only for the end consumer but for the producers working within the region.   more >>


Stylish US Chardonnays for Spring  

By Jerald O’Kennard

California Chardonnays get a bad rap from some quarters for being too big, too buttery and too oaky, however that rap is passé as the supposed style it criticizes. The fact is that domestic chardonnay producers have listened to their critics and customers and, for the most part, dialed back the oak and focused more on fruit and finesse.   more >>


2012 World Value Wine Challenge  
Great Tasting Inexpensive Wines From All Over the Globe

By Jerald O’Kennard

One of the best things about tasting wines for a living is the joy of discovering a great new wine, perhaps from an obscure grape, region or producer, and sharing it with others. What makes this experience even better is if the discovery is not a highly prized wine that’s priced dearly, but an inexpensive and maybe even overlooked gem that shines brightly in a blind tasting, like the kind done every week here at BTI.   more >>


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