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Jun
28

Podere Concori Melograno 2014

Tuscany does not evoke images of mountains. The Alps even less so. But that is where Podere Concori fashions one of the more interesting Syrahs I’ve tasted from Italy. The

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Jun
22

Wind Gap Old-Vine Mourvedre ‘Bedrock Vineyard’ 2011

The best of California never stop experimenting. It’s what sets the state’s wines apart from other regions, particularly over the last few years as innovation in California’s wine industry has

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Jun
16

A Few Wines from the 2016 Vancouver Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting

This is a solid tasting in Vancouver. Though many ‘3 glass’ winners are pretty unexciting, there are guaranteed gems. My selections from this year’s Vancouver tasting are below. Most are

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Jun
12

Varner, Old and New: Re-Inventing the Imagination

What is the meaning of legacy? There is a rare single moment in the lives of a very few where they break from a life’s work. Our linear perception of

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Jun
11

Cayuse ‘Armada Vineyard’ Syrah 2005

Is this wine gross? The cayuse monodimensional style is unlike any other wine. It couples copious levels of extract with an overwhelming walloping umami bomb of candied dried mushrooms, fermented

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Jun
10

Conceito Douro Branco 2013

You should only believe in yourself if you have no hope. The more you achieve, the less belief is required. The closer to the apex you reach, the more belief

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May
26

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Cantina Giardino Paski 2014

Whereas Friuli is an established but neglected region of great indigenous Italian whites, Campania is as forgotten as the ancient Etruscans – the people older and more established than the

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May
22

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Kante Malvasia 2012

Italy’s nooks and crannies are home to such a depth of great wine that even serious wine professionals cannot exhaust the possibilities. White wines in particular are underrated and often

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May
22

Cameron Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir 2006

Oregon Pinot presents me with challenges. While the structural qualities of these wines pleases and bodes well for future development, the often sappy fruit turns me off. The wines do

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May
15

Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine 2012

Tempier’s fame is built on it rosé. It is a rosé that has slowly creeped up over the years to become one of the priciest in most markets (barring some