May
31

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru 2006

A handful of premier crus in the Cote de Nuits are best listed amongst the Grand Cru vineyards. Some even surpass the lesser Grand Crus. One of the noblest of

May
31

Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru “Les Ruchottes” 2011

Ramonet is one of the legendary producers of white Burgundy. Some call him the Jayer or DRC of white Burgundy. The wines are near impossible to find, though if you

May
25

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice 2008

I have finally reached the last village I will cover in this spotlight. While I am missing out on a few of the minor villages in the Cote d’Or, the

May
24

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Vancouver Tasting 2014

2014 is the second year the famous Italian Gambero Rosso magazine has held a “three glasses” tasting in Vancouver, a tasting where all the wines poured must have been awarded

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May
21

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Michel Gros Morey Saint Denis “En La Rue de Vergy” 2007

The Gros family is one of the greats in Burgundy, with four domaines and impressive vineyard holdings concentrated mostly in Vosne Romanee, but with various spatterings elsewhere. Michel Gros in

May
20

Two Envelope Pushing St. Josephs: Domaine des Miquettes and Vincent Paris

Syrah is one of the greatest grapes in the world when grown in the right places. The Northern Rhone has always been its spiritual home, but few drinkers taste the

May
17

Trimbach Reserve Personnelle Pinot Gris 2001

Pinot Gris is the typical Alsace grape, even more-so than Riesling. Grown in Alsace it resembles no other Pinot Gris in the world, with it hedonistic spice. Despite this, Riesling

May
15

Heemskerk Coal River Valley Chardonnay 2011

More Tasmanian wine has started to trickle into North America. The state is Australia’s coolest and thus produces taut, bright wines completely unlike the rest of Australia. The long growing

May
13

Scarpa Monferrato Rosso Rouchet Briccorosa 2007

Scarpa is one of the great, classic estates of Italy (and lauded by the likes of Giacosa and Gaja), though most people on the west coast of North America have

May
8

The Wines of Portugal Vancouver Tasting 2014

This year’s Wines of Portugal event is the best Portuguese wine tasting I’ve been to in the city, and greatly expanded and improved from previous iterations. There were several hundred

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