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Jan
21

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2011

While I am an avowed fan of Brunello, only a small handful of these wines make it into my personal upper echelon. Those producers that do make wines with aromatics,

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Jan
13

Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Reserve 2015

Pinot Blanc is a highly underrated grape. This is due to the sheer quantity of insipidly farmed and vinified versions of this grape that have made many associate it with

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Jan
7

Quintodecimo: Reinventing Campania

No one has made wines quite like these from Campania before. Luigi Moio founded the estate in 2001, though his family has long wine-making tradition in Campania. His vision is

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Jan
6

Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Les Terrasses du Serre Cornas 2009

Matthieu Barret is to Cornas as Jean Michel Stephan is to Cote-Rotie. These are stylish, elegant wines from biodynamically farmed Syrah vinified with minimum sulphur. The heft and animality of

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Dec
19

My Top 10 Wine Experiences of 2016

2016 was a year of professional challenges. As such, wine travel took somewhat of a back seat this year. The greatest pleasures arose from interactions with friends and colleagues both

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Dec
18

A Champagne Wonderland

Hosting friends for dinner is one of life’s great joys. Picking all the wines for the evening is another. I recently had the privilege to open three superb bottlings at

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Dec
14

Concha y Toro Don Melchor 2012

With top Napa Cab mostly out of reach, particularly for Canadians buying with our weakened dollar, top South American wines are increasingly attractive. In particular, the consistently excellent Don Melchor

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Dec
11

Le Piane “Mimmo” Vino Rosso 2011

In today’s post I will consider the ideology of one of the most common narratives in wine through the lens of an Italian estate that I greatly enjoy and respect.

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Dec
8

Domaine Denis Mortet “Longeroies” Marsannay 2010

Mortet is a young domaine that in my view is destined to become one of Burgundy’s greats. Struck by tragic circumstances in 2006 when Denis committed suicide, Denis’ young, then

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Dec
2

Capichera Assajé Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2011

The island Carignano of Sardinia is, like many of the other French grapes planted there, built with a distinctly rugged personality. The island’s wines lean more toward Italian in style