Beer and Wine Categories & Vintages: Best-Ever

By Dom Nozzi

The following list represents the best types of beer and wine that I’ve tasted. As you will see, I prefer big, bold tastes. Despite the conventional wisdom, beer and wine — when consumed in moderation — is very good for one’s health. Another little-known fact is that decades ago, America had a very rich, impressive tradition of brewing delicious craft beers. Prohibition in the 1930s tragically killed off that tradition, leaving only very bland corporate beers in America. Happily, the tradition of quality craft micro beers is rapidly returning in the United States.

Best Categories of Beer and Wine

Stout – particularly oatmeal stout

Porter – particularly java or smoked porterBeer-Oatmeal-Stout-lr1

Scottish Ale

Belgian Abbey

Strong Ale

Cabernet Sauvignon

Zinfandel – particularly old-vine zin


Sauvignon Blanc



Best Vintages of Beer and Wine

Kocim Porter (Polish)

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale

Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout

Nitro Old School Irish Stout

Drop Kick Stout

Cutthroat Porter, O’Dell Brewing Co. Ft Collins

Left hand Porter

Alaskan Smoked Porter

Andrea Oberto 2007 Barbera d’ Alba

Odoardi 2004 Savuto Rosso (Calabrian)

Garofoli 2006 Rosso Piceno “Ambro”

Les Grimaudes 2005 Costieres de Nimes “Vallee du Rhone”

Jean-Francois Merieau 2007 Touraine Gamay “les bois jacou”

Savignola Paolina 2006 Chianti Classico

Domaine Phillippe Tessier 2007 Cheverny Blanc

Pierre Gauthier 2007 Bourgueli “Solf du Jour”

Pampano 2008 Rueda

Bouland 2007 Morgon Vielles Vignes

Buccia Nera 2008 Tuscano Bianco IGT “Donna Patrizia”

Domaine de Couron 2008 Cotes du Rhone Voignier

Theirry Puzelat 2007 “Le Teiquel”

La Sauvageonne 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc “Les Ruffes”

Crivelli 2007 Barbera d’Asti “Collina La Mora”

Mas del Perie 2006 Cahors

Chateau Massiac 2007 Minervois

Finca Antigua 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon La Mancha

Blackstone Zinfandel California 2005

Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo 2009

Woodbridge Select Vineyards Series, Fish Net Creek

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

Bogle Old Vine Zin 2006

Pepperwood Grove Old Vine Zin 2006

Four Vine Zin

Leon de castris reserva negroamaro

Klinker Brick Zin

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin

Shannon Ridge Zin

Zinsational Old Vine Zin

Barbari Nebbiolo Tre Donne

2010 Apothic Red Blend


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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