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Jul
2

An Amphitheatre of Elegance in Chianti Classico: Monteraponi

Chianti Classico has the capacity for great terroir-driven wines. There is huge variability among the region’s hills and valleys, forests and fields, heat and chill. Soil types include schist, clay,

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Jun
9

The New Spain Emerging

My previous article on Priorat explained the context of the Spain most of us have come to know, derived from the globalized influence of a limited number of palates seeking

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Jun
1

Priorat: Globalization, Terroir, and The New Wines of Spain

A contradiction lies deep in the heart of wine’s globalization. The standard narrative is that globalization leads to homogenization of wine style and increasing monopolization of distribution. The counter-narrative has

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Apr
6

San Francisco Drinking: 20 Spot Wine Bar and Restaurant

20 Spot has won me over. The unassuming Mission canteen is now my favourite wine bar in San Francisco, beating out some stiff competition, but also capitalizing on the diminishing

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Jun
21

Chambolle and the Utmost: The Wines of Ghislaine Barthod

The stereotype for Chambolle is perfume and elegance. Some are of the view that the notion of village style is more a lodestar for producer style than terroir. For example,

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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
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
12

Lyon: France’s Great Undiscovered City

To many outsiders, France is synonymous with Paris. For wine lovers, France represents the heart and origin of the world’s greatest wines. However, few know much about Lyon, making it

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Morning at Ramos Pinto's Quinta do Bom Retiro

Nov
30

The Shackles of Fame or The Truth About Port

*The content of this article is based on a sponsored trip to Porto and the Douro valley paid for by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto.* Portugal’s most

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Oct
27

Inventing The Possible: Considering the Dry Wines of the Douro Valley

*The content of this article is based on a sponsored trip to Porto and the Douro valley paid for by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto.* From a