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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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Dec
2

Capichera Assajé Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2011

The island Carignano of Sardinia is, like many of the other French grapes planted there, built with a distinctly rugged personality. The island’s wines lean more toward Italian in style

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Oct
20

Schoolhouse Vineyard Mescolanza Zinfandel Blend 2010

Independent wine stores like Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie do much to broaden the wine culture of the city and introduce citizens and industry members to interesting new wines from

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Nov
11

Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Contra Costa County 2013

Bedrock is one of my favourite US producers. They focus on heritage vineyards, field blends, and ensuring proper acidity and balance in the wines made from the very intense, high

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Jun
6

Domaine Anne Gros – Jean Paul Tollot La Ciaude Minervois 2008

I first tasted wine from the Minervois project of top Burgundy winemakers Anne Gros and Jean Paul Tollot (of Tollot-Beau) 6 years ago thanks to importer/retail store North Berkeley Wine

Dec
10

Ridge Lytton Springs 2011

For me, Ridge is home. It is the essence of what California should be, happy to put its faith in the material and the weather. Happy to be understated. Happy

Nov
11

Andrea Calek “Babiole” 2012

This wine makes a clear statement that it matters. It is made as an antidote to the line of Northern Rhone reds that are made in an international style and

Jun
18

Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé 2011

Tempier has become so famous for its Rosé that many insiders now decry it as too expensive. I think that is unfair. Tempier makes one of the best Rosés in

May
21

Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot “Les Carretals” Minervois 2008

Why does wine matter to us? Why is it exciting? There are many “delicious” wines in the world, but how many of them reignite the passion us geeks rely on

Nov
28

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Vignoble de Loup Blanc “La Mere Grand” 2004 Minervois

Minervois is one of the best known regions in all of the Languedoc-Roussillon, and still most people have never heard of it. Sitting about 50 miles north of Roussillon, the