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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,

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Feb
1

The Best Wine Programs in Vancouver

I have been involved in some debates about the ‘best’ wine program (not wine list) in Vancouver. These judgments necessarily have some subjective element to them, but in my view

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Jan
7

Quintodecimo: Reinventing Campania

No one has made wines quite like these from Campania before. Luigi Moio founded the estate in 2001, though his family has long wine-making tradition in Campania. His vision is

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Dec
19

My Top 10 Wine Experiences of 2016

2016 was a year of professional challenges. As such, wine travel took somewhat of a back seat this year. The greatest pleasures arose from interactions with friends and colleagues both

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Oct
22

On Reductive Ageing, Or A Few Great Bottles of Champagne and Sherry

Champagne and Fino Sherry share two great commonalities. First, they both grow in calcareous clay and limestone soils. Second, they are (generally) both made with uncommon highly reductive wine-making techniques.

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Sep
28

Vosne Romanée and Nuits St. Georges: Six Wines from Domaine Fabrice Vigot and Domaine Bertrand Marchard de Gramont

I recently attended a Burgundy seminar courtesy of importer That’s Life which looked at three wines from Nuits St. Georges and three wines from Vosne Romanée from two smaller but

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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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Jul
10

Searching for Okanagan Terroir with Sparkle: Bella Wines

Over the last decade, from the time I began writing about wine seriously, I have been searching for the signal that the Okanagan has (1) interesting terroir, (2) the technical

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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