Carlisle

Aug
21

Two Examples of Sonoma’s Heritage Compagni Portis Vineyard: Carlisle v. Arnot-Roberts

Heritage Vineyards are the source of some of California’s most distinctive wines. Most of these old vineyards, however, are planted with red grape vines. This makes the Compagni Portis vineyard,

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Aug
15

Paolo Bea Arboreus 2009

Orange wine is an important category. It is also one of the most abused styles of wine, with many terrible examples being thrust onto the marketplace, hoping to capitalize on

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Aug
12

Nikolaihof Vom Stein Riesling Smaragd 2009

Nikolaihof is a wine geek’s paradise. An Austrian multi-vineyard winery replete with geeky varieties, released new and aged (in both oak and bottles), with a myriad of fermentation choices. The

bcldb

Aug
9

BC’s Liquor Distribution Branch Hikes Prices in July

In April, 2015 the BC Liquor Distribution Branch introduced its much hyped and now maligned reforms. This included introducing a wholesale system where every licensee and the LDB government stores

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Aug
1

Andre Perret Condrieu “Chery” 2012

This single vineyard Condrieu epitomizes that the very best Viognier grows in only the best plots of the tiny village of Condrieu in France. I mean Viognier with explosive aromatics

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Jul
30

Champagne Dom Perignon 2002

I’m moving past the feeling. The feeling that drives you to unexpected commitment, thinking through your beliefs to become more embedded in value and community. It’s a moment increasingly dissipating.

White Stones

Jul
26

Stones, Bones, and the Greatest White Wines of Argentina

The bet on Malbec paved a road to fair similarity and brand recognition. The few great examples now marred by association with old-guard wine-critics seeking extract and alcohol rather than

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Jul
25

Cave des Amandiers Ermitage Blanc 2011

A discovery of Mr. Rimmerman at Garagiste, Cave des Amandiers nestles against the Alps in the Swiss AOC Valais, northeast of Chamonix. How many wineries like this exist? Those incredibly

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Jul
19

Carlisle Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2010

Life is busy and full of changes. In such contexts, a steady Syrah that knows what it is about gives comfort. There is no animality, florals or nuance to this

Nusserhof

Jul
15

Nusserhof “B” Erzeugerabfullung Vino Bianco 2012

Ava Gene’s has one of the best wine lists in Portland. This is the only explanation for me finding the extremely rare Nusserhof white “B” on the wine list (but