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Wine of the Week: Beau-Rivage Bordeaux Blanc

Earlier this year, I hosted a contingent of Bordeaux winemakers in Las Vegas for a big tasting of the 2011 vintage. While the 2011s have been called “difficult” and “challenging” by many critics, including myself, the vintage now bottled and in the market is very charming and drinkable early for the light-bodied reds and superb for the whites.

Wine of the Week: Belle Ambiance Cabernet Sauvignon

This is part of a new lineup of wines coming from the highly innovative and productive grape-farming and growing Delicato Family Vineyards, which is meant to invoke the Belle Ambiance — meaning beautiful spot — also found among the vineyards of the family.

Wines of the year

Critic picks two affordable wines as his tops for 2013; Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is the white and Smashberry is the red.