Sep
9

Leon Barral Faugeres Valiniere 2008

Wines this good and with such purity of fruit are rare. Even rarer are natural wines with such cleanliness and precision that they taste nothing of the movement and everything

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

Nov
9

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Domaine Gauby ‘Muntada’ Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2004

Gauby may be the leading producer not only in Roussillon but in the entire Languedoc-Rousillon region. The domaine is fully biodynamic, but more importantly Gauby is fanatical about hard pruning,

Dec
8

Neyers Pato Vineyard Contra Costa County Mourvedre 2006

Inspired by some recent discussion of California Mourvedre, I promptly set out to sample what I could find. That turned out to be almost nothing – this was the only

Apr
18

Spinifex Indigene 2005

For all the talk these days of restraint in wine sometimes life just calls for a big boned flavour packed bottle. And, as much as I appreciate a huge diversity