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Hi,  I'm reading  Gulp -  Mary Roach's book ,she mentions your acumen about the prices of wine , would you recommend a few standouts in the under $15. category. Thank- YOU         M J


First of all, let me apologies.  There seems to be an issue with Allexperts email...and I only just now got your question!

Thank you for the kind words, and the interesting question.  I'll try to answer it in a couple of different ways

I have a few wines that are predictably good and roughly in your price point.  The St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc is one, as is the Vigilance Wrangler Red.  Sterling's Vintner Collection Chardonnay is nice, and so is the Ca Momi Napa Valley Red wine Rosso di Napa.  

On another level, the wines that are underpriced in the market right now are those wines from Australia and CHile.  Those two countries make very good wines, but they just don't seem to market them very well---they compete on flavor with wines that are a lot more epensive.

Hope that helps!

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.


30 years in the business.

Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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