1996 Black Opal Chardonnay

Costing near $5 then, with 12% alcohol, the 24 year-old wine, Black Opal 1996 Chardonnay from South Australia, scored 15 Dionysian points out of a possible 20. It…

2009 TorCalvano Vino Nobile

With 14.3% alcohol and costing under $24, the 2009 TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano scored 17 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. I think they…

1983 Ayler Kupp Riesling

Scoring 19 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 37 year-old 1983 Ayler Kupp Riesling Auslese from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer has 9 % alcohol and cost less than $15…

Sidonio D Sousa

The NV Sindonio D Sousa Brut Nature with 12% alcohol, scoring 16+ Dionysian point out of 20, and cost under $18 is a Must Buy! Young red fruits…

2015 Alambre Moscatel

The 2015 Alambre Moscatel de Setubal is an outstanding dessert wine. With 18% percent alcohol and costing under $20, the wine from Jose Maria da Fonseca comes form…

NV Chave de Oiro Espumante

The Non-vintage (a blend of recent years) Chave de Oiro Vinho Espumante de Qualidade has 12% alcohol, cost under $15, and scores a delightful 16 points on the…

1985 Chalk Hill Chardonnay

With 13.3% alcohol, costing under $10 back then, and scoring 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian Scale, the 35 year-old wine surprised us all. The 1985 Chalk Hill…

1982 Bosconia Rioja

Costing under ten dollars back then, and with 11.5% alcohol, the 1982 Bosconia Rioja scored 17 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. At 38 years…

Periguita 2011 & 2013

Doing two wines at once from Jose Maria Da Fonseca, the 2011 & 2013 Periquita with both scoring 15+ and both at 13% alcohol was fun. Each cost…

Acaso Vinho Verde

With 11% alcohol, costing under $9, and scoring 16 points on the Dionysian scale, the wine had its usual spritz, fruit flavors and finished long and clean. The…