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Sep
25

Domaine Laroche “Les Blanchots” Grand Cru Chablis 2012

The Burgundy premox debate has been ongoing for years. One of the key discussions is the difference between reductive and oxidative aging. Closures play an important part in that discussion

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Aug
27

Alice et Olivier de Moor “Le Vendangeur Masque” Chablis 2014

Despite its reputation and the devoted love of wine geeks everywhere, Chablis has a weak track record for healthy vineyards. A very large amount of land in Chablis is still

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Jul
31

Domanie Marquis d’Angerville Meursault Santenots 1er cru 2009

Here we have a Burgundian oddity. Marquis d’Angerville is one of Burgundy’s greatest producers that remain within reach. Because quality is so high and prices fair, these wines are extremely

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Jul
24

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Cantina Terlan Terlaner Bianco Classico 2014

Sadly Alto Adige remains one of the poorest represented important white wine regions in B.C. The wines can be found with greater frequency in the U.S. but are still harder

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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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Jul
9

Jean Francois Ganevat Les Chalasses Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2011

Ganevat is one of the Jura’s most sought after producers. He also happens to make some of its greatest wines. Sadly, prices have now increased to match the demand of

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Jul
1

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Gravner Breg 2004

At some point we in the wine business have to acknowledge that labelling a wine ‘orange’ is about as helpful as saying ‘white’ or ‘red’. It serves a very imprecise

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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

Monte Bello's oldest vines from 1940

May
8

A California Grand Cru: Visiting Ridge’s Monte Bello Vineyard

Abe Schoener is right. The greatest legacy of changing sentiments in the “new” California is increased focus on California’s best vineyards – its premier and grand crus. One of the

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Apr
9

Massican “Annia” Napa Valley White Wine 2014

Napa Valley whites do not evoke bucolic sentiments. No one expects to find the charms of hyper-local, aromatic whites finding harmony with local foods over generations. But California’s latest re-invention