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Apr
23

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Prephylloxera “La Vigna di Don Peppino” Etna Rosso 2013

Etna’s volcano wines are no longer a secret. Top wines, like this Don Peppino from 130+ year old prephylloxera vines, are not cheap. Despite this increasing fame and pricing, the

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Apr
16

Turley Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Ueberroth is the greatest Zinfandel vineyard in the world. That makes Turley’s bottling, in my view, the best expression of Zinfandel on the planet. The vines were planted in 1885,

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Apr
10

Fattoria Selvapiana Vigneto Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011

Selvapiana is consistently one of if not the best producers in Chianti Rufina, a region lying east of Florence and outside of the original classico zone. The other large Rufina

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Apr
9

Massican “Annia” Napa Valley White Wine 2014

Napa Valley whites do not evoke bucolic sentiments. No one expects to find the charms of hyper-local, aromatic whites finding harmony with local foods over generations. But California’s latest re-invention

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Apr
5

Ottoventi Zibibbo 2014

Northwest Sicily is not exactly the trendiest wine region in Europe. Sure, Etna is breaking quality and price barriers at a speed extremely uncommon for Italy, but that Sicily excitement

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Apr
1

The New Forefront of Syrah or Patchwork Potential? The Present and Future of Saint-Joseph

Since Saint-Joseph expanded from a small wedge of vineyards over 6 villages and 10 kilometres to an expansive region spanning 25 villages and 65 kilometres in 1969, it has been

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Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

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Mar
20

Ronchi di Cialla Friuli Colli Orientali Schioppettino di Cialla 2010

The wines of Friuli are very poorly distributed in Canada, and particularly in BC. This does not mean they are cheap – reputation and quality have led to quite high

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Mar
19

Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay 2011

The 2011 Aurata is the last vintage before Maggie Harrison changed the source of fruit for this wine to the Shea Vineyard, which she felt provided fruit closer to her

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Mar
13

Turley Bechthold Vineyard Lodi Cinsault 2014

The appetite for old-vine material is growing in California. Wineries such as Turley, Carlisle and Bedrock have saved these vineyards from extinction and replanting with more profitable varieties. Their project