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Aug
24

Ryme Vermentino Las Brias Vineyard “His” 2013

There has been a movement to valorizing the young vintners that comprise the latest generation of the “new California”. Sometimes the praise can go too far and in my view

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Aug
23

Movie Review: Sour Grapes

The Rudy Kurniawan fraud will go down in history as one of the greatest mysteries in the world of wine. How could a single guy with a mysterious, undisclosed background

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Aug
21

Cascina Val del Preta “Carolina” Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009

I am not usually a fan of Barbera – even the ‘upper echelon’ stuff. I find it often marred by overuse of new oak and lacking the finesse, complexity and

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Aug
20

Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc “Le Crois Boissée” 2014

Though known for his Cabernet Franc, I might hazard a suggestion that this single vineyard Chinon Blanc is Baudry’s best wine (Matthieu Baudry runs the domain now that his father

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Aug
16

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Graci Etna Bianco 2014

Etna is so hot right now. The white still fly under the radar, though. That is too bad. They are delicious. Graci is part of the so-called “second generation” of

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Aug
16

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013

It’s always worthwhile to check in on the classics. Fontodi are to Tuscany as Vietti is to Piedmont: remarkably consistent upper echelon quality across all their bottlings and from vintage

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Aug
14

A Few Great Barolo and Barbaresco Bottlings

I’ve collected Barolo and Barbaresco for some years now. I have recently been reminded that they are some of the greatest wines in the world that remain affordable for me.

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Aug
3

Sandlands Sonoma County Trousseau Noir 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to remain consistent with my own personal integrity. You can blow up your life repeatedly to bring in new challenges, but

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Jul
31

Domanie Marquis d’Angerville Meursault Santenots 1er cru 2009

Here we have a Burgundian oddity. Marquis d’Angerville is one of Burgundy’s greatest producers that remain within reach. Because quality is so high and prices fair, these wines are extremely

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Jul
24

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Cantina Terlan Terlaner Bianco Classico 2014

Sadly Alto Adige remains one of the poorest represented important white wine regions in B.C. The wines can be found with greater frequency in the U.S. but are still harder