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Sep
9

Jean-Louis Dutraive Fleurie 2016

Jean-Louis Dutraive runs one of the most important domaines in Beaujolais. Not only is he a leader in low-impact farming and semi-carbonic, low SO2 winemaking, but he is one of

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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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Mar
6

RPM Gamay Noir 2013

This is the best Gamay Noir being produced in America today. It is not unlike a top Morgon, which is not surprising given that RPM proprietors Nathan Roberts, Rajat Parr,

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Jul
8

James Rahn Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley Gamay 2014

Oregon is one of the few new world regions where focus on a single variety makes oenological and viticultural sense. Oregon Pinot Noir, unlike New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Shiraz,

Jun
27

Winery Profile: Brick House

Oregon’s wine country can sometimes seem to fit into a very restricted mold. The sense of repetition derives not just from the fact everyone is making Pinot Noir (that happens

Dec
7

Domaine des Braves Régnié 2008

Régnié is a Cru village in Beaujolais, and after recently having and being blown away by Marcel Lapierre’s Morgon, I knew that when I saw a shelf of 15-20 Beajolais Crus

Jul
13

Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes Potel Aviron 2005

I recently partook in something somewhat ridiculous, at least for this student. I purchased a mixed case special shipment of 2005 Rhone and Burgundy wines from my local dealer. This