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Jay Denney

Jay Denney

Spier Wines Signature Chardonnay

Stellenbosch, South Africa
9 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 86/100

Clean, simple chardonnay, with citrus and apple notes and a touch of burnt honey. Good value.

9 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 87/100

Imagine a less sweet and liquidy version of strawberry-rhubarb pie. Cheap and cheerful!

10 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 90/100

Pinot Blanc - the Rodney Dangerfield of white wines, it just never gets its proper respect. I challenge you to find a better unoaked white under $15. The aromas take me back to my Okanagan youth, full of apple, and pear, and stone fruit blossoms. More apple, and key lime on the palate. Crisp, but balanced.

Bastide Miraflors Syrah Vieilles Vignes Grenache 2017

CĂ´tes Du Roussillon, Roussillon A.P., France
12 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 87/100

Tasty Rhone Red Blend! Rich with red berries, hints of violet and pepper. Medium - full body, smooth finish,

12 days ago

Jay scored this wine: 88/100

Tasty Viognier made in Navan from Niagara grapes. 20% oak aged, rest in steel. Nice floral aromas with a hint of toast. Peach and citrus on the palate, slightly woody finish. A great partner for scallops or halibut in beurre blanc.

Jay Denney

Memorable Wine

Many to choose from, for different reasons. Top 5 (in no real order), 1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil, 2001 Amon-Ra, 2005 Rollingdale Pinot Gris Icewine, 1990 Vega Sicilia, 1995 Moulin Touchais


First Wine

When I was 17, my cousin gave me a taste of '92 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, and '85 Batasiolo Barolo. Both were revelations.


Unusual Wine Experience

Picking icewine grapes in the middle of the night in -15 weather.


Current Fav Wine

Reds from the Barossa and Langhorne Creek regions still own my wine heart.

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award