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Feb
8

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series ‘Soldaat’ 2013

I am going to conclude this series with one of the most misunderstood grapes of the mediterranean climate, Grenache. When over-cropped or grown in overwarm sites, it is blousy and

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Feb
7

Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Ovello’ 2009

Barolo has become the next Burgundy and Northern Rhone. Expect prices to increase up to double in the next 5 or so years. Luxury buyers are moving in, leaving less

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Jan
31

Ryme Cellars Alegria Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013

It would be a mistake to compare this Cab Franc to Le Macchiole’s Paleo – the subject of my last post. The aim is different and the story more suitably

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Jan
30

Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2007 and 2008

In 1989 Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli of Le Macchiole created their first bottling of Paleo, a Bordeaux variety red blend from Bolgheri. In 2001 Paleo was further honed and

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Jan
29

Chateau La Providence Pomerol 2012

Perhaps I am too skeptical, but I reject providence. Instead I prefer greater emphasis on deontology. I subscribe to the consequences of choices and actions over outcomes. I am repeatedly

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Jan
24

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2013

South Africa has built a brand for its Chenin Blanc, but very few have the interest and character of the magnificently old-vine Chenin from Swartland. Sadie’s Skurfberg is made with

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Jan
23

Peay Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Peay is one of the longer-running outfits in the ‘true’ (i.e. actually coastal) Sonoma Coast. Though founded in 1996, two decades is a long time for this new appellation and

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Jan
19

L’Oratoire de Chasse-Spleen 2009

Bordeaux remains one of the world’s greatest wine regions and I am increasingly interested in exploring and drinking those wines outside of the most famous. With such wines one can

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Jan
14

My Top 10 Wine Experiences of 2015

Due to travel and family commitments my annual round-up of the year’s top wine experiences has been delayed into the New Year. Thanks for the patience. On reflection, this seemed

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Dec
24

Bollinger Brut Rosé n/v

I cannot think of a more perfect Christmas wine than Bollinger’s category-leading rosé Champagne made by blending their special cuvée with 6% red Pinot Noir wine from special plots dedicated