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May
16

Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Bugay Vineyard Sonoma County 2010

There is a new trend in California Cabernet – high acid, lower alcohol, less overt oak. These wines are not objectively better just because of the style. That’s one of

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May
9

Domaine Henri Boillot Volnay 2011 and Volnay Les Fremiets 1er Cru 2011

Volnay is one of my personal favourite villages and is a regular go-to. In the last few years, Henri Boillot has become, in my view, one of the highest quality

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May
3

Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Rolling along with California Cabernets I love, Spottswoode is at the top of the list. Owned and run by mother and daughter team Mary and Beth Novak, this is one

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May
2

Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

I rarely buy California Cabernet. However, there are exceptions that I buy regularly. California’s classic contrast – wine you run from juxtaposed to wine you can’t get enough of. Philip

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Apr
28

Le Vigne di Zamo Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosazzo Pignolo 2004

Friulian wines, though famous around the world, rarely see the light of day in British Columbia. And I’m talking about the whites. Friulian red wine? Forget it. This oversight is

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Apr
26

Bonneau du Martray: The Beauty of Method

I recently spent a day in Burgundy at some of the world’s greatest wineries. The Cote d’Or is, of course, a holy grail for any wine lover and visiting the

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Apr
22

Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro 2012

Last fall I spent a week in the Douro valley. It’s a truly beautiful place. The wines can be uneven, but the best sing. One of the most passionate and

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Apr
19

Trimbach “Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” Gewurztraminer 2004

Not only does Trimbach make one of the few Gewurztraminers I enjoy drinking, but it makes Gewurztraminer into a serious and wonderful wine with its top “Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” bottling.

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Apr
18

Tippling in the UK: Sampling London’s Wine Scene

London has one of the best wine scenes of any city in the world, particularly for those who love European wine, though these days some very serious bottles from the

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Apr
15

Monier Perréol Saint-Joseph Blanc 2012

Another wonderful wine discovered in Lyon at the fantastic restaurant Palégrié. Monier Perréol is making a very fresh style of Saint-Joseph blanc that perfectly balances the richer, textural qualities of