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Mar
13

Turley Bechthold Vineyard Lodi Cinsault 2014

The appetite for old-vine material is growing in California. Wineries such as Turley, Carlisle and Bedrock have saved these vineyards from extinction and replanting with more profitable varieties. Their project

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Nov
28

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst Red Wine 2012

Swartland’s old-vine material seems to permit two approaches to red wine. The first is single variety wines made mostly from Syrah, focused on expressing the unique amalgam of that grape’s

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

Jun
1

Domaine du Gros ‘Noré Bandol Rosé 2012

The time has come for row upon row of cut-stacked rosé at your local liquor store. Most of it will be either insipid or uninspired. This is unfortunate given that

Dec
23

Domaine Gauby Cotes de Roussillon Villages Vieilles Vignes 2004

It seems that this Christmas week is a Languedoc week. Technically the Cotes du Roussillon is distinct from the Languedoc, although traditionally grouped in together with it. This grouping reflects

Dec
22

La Peira Les Obriers 2005

La Peira is a relatively new producer in the Languedoc region of France, which is situated south west of the Rhone on the Mediterranean coast. La Peira was started in