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Feb
3

Mayer Gamay 2017

Gamay. So hot right now. Rob McMillan’s latest state of the wine industry report provides the key insight that millennials are drinking less wine, particularly fine wine, and this portents a

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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