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

Feb
21

Ochota Barrels Fugazi Vineyard Grenache 2011

Right off the bat, you’d never place this as typical Australian Grenache. It is peppery, gamey, floral, and incredibly fragrant. The nose is enchanting and, like all great Grenache, brings

Dec
3

Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 2010

Jean Royer remains under the radar in Chateauneuf, despite making superb wines at very reasonable prices. A close friend of Philippe Cambie (who consults here), Royer makes wines of a

Feb
17

Pax Cuvee Moriah 2005

Continuing the trend of writing about wines you can’t get, I yet felt compelled to write about this beauty from Pax (back when Pax Mahl was still winemaker). I purchased

Mar
5

A Mikulski and Dettori Dinner

Last night I joined my buddy Sean from Vinifico for a little wine geek camaraderie over food. The evening featured two exciting producers well loved by many in the ‘natural

Jan
3

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: La Peira “Las Flors” 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc

Robert Parker is famous for turning back-water wineries into international superstars overnight, regardless of pedigree or old-school reputation. All that is needed are three simple digits. This has understandably made

Dec
19

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Chateau de la Negly “La Falaise” Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape 2006

As I finally move into the Languedoc I am happy to begin with Chateau Negly, perhaps the most well recognized and important producers in the Languedoc. But Negly’s importance comes

Dec
2

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Domaine Canet-Valette Saint-Chinian “Maghani” 2004

Today’s wine is an altogether different creature than the Minervois I looked at a few days ago. It is also a great showcase for different trends in the modern leaders

Nov
28

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Vignoble de Loup Blanc “La Mere Grand” 2004 Minervois

Minervois is one of the best known regions in all of the Languedoc-Roussillon, and still most people have never heard of it. Sitting about 50 miles north of Roussillon, the