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Mar
24

Failla Russian River Chardonnay “Keefer Ranch” 2013

Failla’s unique style of Chardonnay highlights the merits of Concrete fermentation and ageing for the highest quality fruit. Failla is, like many new wineries these days, in love with concrete

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Mar
21

Donkey & Goat “Sluice Box” White Wine Blend 2014

Now this is an orange wine I can get behind. A gulpable blend of Roussanne, Vermentino, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul from California’s El Dorado AVA, Donkey & Goat’s Sluice

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Mar
18

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2011

There is an understandable trend away from large producers. Today’s world is filled with large corporate interests that seem to represent nothing relatable to consumers 40 and under. But in

Garzon vineyards

Mar
16

Xanadu in Uruguay: Bodega Garzon

The scope of the Bodega Garzon project in Uruguay is almost megalomaniacal. It takes a Citizen Kane like vision to start a winery by planting 200 hectares comprised of 1,200

natural

Mar
9

Why Natural Wine Matters

First off, naturalist ideologues need not read this article. The problem with militant natural wine advocates is ideology is inherently untrue. Truth lies in nuance and dialectic. Ideology covers over

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MakNMing

Mar
6

Mak N Ming: Destination Dining in Kits

The heart of a neighbourhood often lies in its restaurants. These are the places locals gather and deepen community ties. Trends come and go but the need and demand for

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Mar
5

Radio-Coteau Dusty Lane Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012

In the last 5 or so years the -real- Sonoma Coast has catapulted from little known underplanted region to the most fashionable region in California. Fortunately, the quality deserves the

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Feb
27

Rudi Pichler Wosendorfer Kollmutz Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2015

Austrian wines are among the most compelling on the planet. The reds deserve a regular place at the table, with depth and complexity alongside elegance and length. The whites are

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Feb
18

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2004

The pleasure of collecting derives from the intersection between personality and object. A great cellar speaks of the history of relations between object and individual, telling a story of a

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Feb
16

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 – Seminar: Tales of Next World Wines

A seminar sampling the top wines from several of the most interesting producers attending the festival this year revealed some excellent wines. A particular standout for me was Bodega Garzon,