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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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Sep
3

La Peira en Damaisela “La Peira” 2005

The Terrases du Larzac in the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France is perhaps the most interesting in the south of France. La Peira, founded only in 2004, has come to be

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Jul
23

Wind Gap Rana 2009

This is the best New World Grenache based wine I have had in quite some time. I prefer it because it derives pleasure from savoriness and texture. The 9% Mourvedre

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Feb
14

Bonny Doon Grenache Cuvee “R” 2014

**I received this bottle of wine as a sample from the winery** This Monterey County Grenache expertly echoes the inimitable garrigue of the Cote du Rhone and Provence. I seem

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Feb
8

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series ‘Soldaat’ 2013

I am going to conclude this series with one of the most misunderstood grapes of the mediterranean climate, Grenache. When over-cropped or grown in overwarm sites, it is blousy and

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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

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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

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Feb
28

Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah 2014

Australian wine – the theme of this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival – has for many years been rediscovering its massive regional and soil diversity with numerous producers focusing on

Nov
22

Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Pignan Reserve 2009

So much experience is jagged. At war with itself, our perception struggles desperately to contain the torrent of time. Entropy overbears the minutiae of being. We carve an image of

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