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Mar
21

Donkey & Goat “Sluice Box” White Wine Blend 2014

Now this is an orange wine I can get behind. A gulpable blend of Roussanne, Vermentino, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul from California’s El Dorado AVA, Donkey & Goat’s Sluice

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Feb
7

Bernard Gripa Saint Joseph Blanc 2013

I have a soft spot for Northern Rhone whites. The top examples of Marsanne and Roussanne from Saint Joseph and Hermitage offer a combination of texture, medium acidity, concentration and

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Sep
14

Elyse L’Ingenue Naggiar Vineyard White Blend 2010

Made with fruit from the Sierra Hills, this Rhone inspired white blend from Elyse fits well within the new breed of surprising, atypical wines from California. Much easier to peg

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Jul
25

Cave des Amandiers Ermitage Blanc 2011

A discovery of Mr. Rimmerman at Garagiste, Cave des Amandiers nestles against the Alps in the Swiss AOC Valais, northeast of Chamonix. How many wineries like this exist? Those incredibly

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Apr
15

Monier Perréol Saint-Joseph Blanc 2012

Another wonderful wine discovered in Lyon at the fantastic restaurant Palégrié. Monier Perréol is making a very fresh style of Saint-Joseph blanc that perfectly balances the richer, textural qualities of

Nov
25

Torbreck “The Steading Blanc” Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2009

White Rhone varieties have the potential for truly outstanding wine. This potential is not restricted to the Rhone valley. Sadly these grapes remain unfairly maligned. Torbreck is a producer from

Jun
15

Two Exceptional Marsannes: Yves Cuilleron Les Vignes d’a Cote 2012 and Tahbilk Old Vine 2002

It is rare to find bottlings of 100% Marsanne. The grape does not grow well in most places and, for some, its lower acidity and focus on texture over fruit

Mar
30

Francois Villard Saint Peray 2011

Rhone whites are a difficult category, and one which is rarely found in wine shops in North America. I imagine this has mostly to do with familiarity as the quality

Jan
14

Bernard Gripa St. Joseph Blanc 2006

Recent experience with a 2004 Courbis St. Joseph blanc raised questions about the ageability of these wines. This Bernard Gripa 2006, however, restored my confidence that St. Joseph whites can

Aug
25

Spotlight on Rhone Valley White Wine: Domaine Auguste Clape St. Péray 2007

From History to Obscurity St. Péray may be the most obscure region in the entire Rhone valley. Once as famous as regions like Cornas and Condrieu, it has now dwindled