November 11, 2019
Navarro Vineyard

A Great Case of Navarro Wine

This is Season 1, Chapter 6 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angles are 1) Anyone can drink unique, delicious wines and I’ll show you how, and 2)  I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4-6 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Here’s the article on NapaValleyRegister.com.  A Great Case of Navarro Wine Writing today’s column is a cruise down Easy Street. I’m a humongous fan of Navarro Winery from the cool confines of Mendocino’s Anderson Valley. I […]
November 5, 2019
Raleys Supermarket Wine Section

Dan The Wine Man – Let’s Go To Raley’s

This is Season 1, Chapter 5 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4-6 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Let’s Go To Raley’s Here’s a wine buying tip for you. Take a trip through the wine aisles of Raley’s Supermarket at Soscol and Imola. Their six bottle mix & match discount program offer is the best deal in Napa when you factor in pricing, quality, variety and convenience. […]
October 14, 2019

Dan The Wine Man – Picks from The Big Middle

This is Season 1, Chapter 4 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Picks from “The Big Middle” Welcome back, wine lovers. Hello again, winers. I’m back to reinforce the fact that very good, interesting and reasonably priced local wines are easy for you to acquire. I’ve lived and worked with wine in Napa Valley since 1992 and I know the luxury […]
September 27, 2019
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Dan The Wine Man’s 4 Picks, Spotlight Carneros

This is Season 1, Chapter 3 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Spotlight – Carneros Welcome back, wine lovers. The last time we got together (Sept. 13), I peppered you with wine picks from near and far. Today, my recommendations come from one corner of our backyard. I spotlight Carneros, the AVA that connects us with Sonoma like a Lego tile. […]
September 17, 2019

Dan The Wine Man’s 4 Picks, 1.2

This is Season 1, Chapter 2 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! My frequent visits to Trader Joe’s include a stop in the wine section. Sure I’m checking out the wines but I’m just as interested in the customers. For every one who fills up a case lickety-split there seem to be twenty trying to figure out what in the world […]
September 17, 2019
Dan Dawson Wine Advisor

Dan The Wine Man’s 4 Picks, Volume 1

This is Season 1, Chapter 1 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! You probably are interested in wine recommendations. Readers of the newspaper wine section usually are. I’m running with that assumption. Welcome. We may become friends. My name is Dan Dawson, a Napa Valley resident of 27 years. Over these years, I’ve been a server/waiter, restaurant manager, head sommelier, wine […]
May 13, 2019
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Wine Advisor Service In Living Color

 
January 16, 2019
Lagier Meredith Syrah and olives

Success With Syrah – Two Stories

 
November 27, 2018

Livermore Valley Wine Country – Why go?

     
October 29, 2018
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Champagne and Sparkling Wine Edition

     
October 1, 2018
Rancho Chimiles Vineyard

Winery Profile: WILSON FOREIGNER

“The smack of Californian earth shall linger on the palate of your grandson.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Silverado Squatters. As you learn about Wilson Foreigner Winery and taste their wines, which I hope you do, keep this quote in your mind. To me it summarizes why they make wine. Let your mind go as you drink a bottle of Wilson Foreigner and you might believe it’s how they make wine, too. As much as I’d like to say I pulled this quote from my internal library, I got it from the Wilson Foreigner website.  (You can also find the Stevenson paragraph […]
August 27, 2018
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Such a Thing as TOO Alcoholic?

     
August 11, 2018
Wine Tasting Guide from Dan Dawson's Wine Advisor

Your Go-To Wine Tasting Guide and Itinerary, Part 3

     
August 10, 2018
Wine Tasting Guide from Dan Dawson's Wine Advisor

Your Go-To Wine Tasting Guide and Itinerary, Part 2

 
July 30, 2018
Wine Tasting Dawson Wine Advisor

Your Go-To Wine Tasting Guide and Itinerary, Part 1

     
July 26, 2018
Dan and Value Rating Bottles

The Value Rating – How It Came To Be

     
July 18, 2018
Y Rousseau and Coho Wine Tastings

Visit Napa Valley Up Close – REAL Close

June 19, 2018
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Value of Membership – Cold, Hard Numbers

June 18, 2018

Sparkling Wine Every Day

June 8, 2018
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Navigating the Sauvignon Blanc Sections

June 1, 2018
FORTUNE 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon

FORTUNE 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dark berry and cherry compote, cocoa and cinnamon nose moves to more of the same fruits, pomegranate syrup, dark chocolate and blueberry pie flavors. Rich, smooth, and very satisfying. I am so impressed with how good this wine is, year to year, for under $30/bottle. Napa Cabernet fans looking for a reasonably priced “House Wine” should buy this by the case. 13% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot in the blend. 30% new oak, mostly French oak. Fortune 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon eaasily makes my Best of the Best list. I tasted this at Darms Lane, overlooking their vineyards in Napa’s Oak Knoll […]
June 1, 2018
Darms Lane Chardonnay

Darms Lane Chardonnay 2015

I genuinely like this style of California Chardonnay. Oak, cream and butter go hand-in-hand with melon, citrus and bright apple smells and flavors. I like its youthful spirit (comes from healthy acidity and fresh fruit flavors) and at the same time has those luscious Chardonnay sensations (toasty barrel, unsalted butter, caramel) that work so well with the grape. I could hardly believe the wine is only $28 (the function of owning your vineyards for the last 28 years). This easily makes my Best of the Best list. All Oak Knoll District (Southwest Napa benchland) fruit. The relatively moderate temperatures (relative […]
May 24, 2018
Keep Counoise

KEEP Counoise 2017

Usually found in France’s Southern Rhone Valley as a minor player in a Chateauneuf-du-Pape blend, it makes a delicious wine on its own. Keep made this wine using the carbonic method (whole grapes slowly break apart as they ferment). What a fun, wild red wine this is. Spiced strawberries, red earth, wild herbs, pomegranate, white pepper. Wildness in a good way. Very low tannins and medium acidity. While this wine is not a show-off, it will be noticed. I’m thinking grilled salmon is my #1 match. More Information KEEP is an up-and-coming, husband & wife made/operated tiny winery based in […]
May 24, 2018
Keep ciliegiolo

KEEP Ciliegiolo 2017

Good chance this is an addition to your mental grape encyclopedia. It was for me when I tasted this earlier this year. Ciliegiolo is found in Tuscany and Umbria, central Italy. Keep found a plot of it growing in Lodi and think it is the only Ciliegiolo growing in California. The name translated to “little cherry” and I can see why. Lots of wild cherry flavor, and along for the ride get fresh red roses, lavender (it’s very floral!), and a wild Mediterranean spice/red fruit flavor that I can’t put my finger on. Medium acidity and Keep-typical modest alcohol (12.5%). […]