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Jul
1

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Gravner Breg 2004

At some point we in the wine business have to acknowledge that labelling a wine ‘orange’ is about as helpful as saying ‘white’ or ‘red’. It serves a very imprecise

Oct
29

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Arbe Garbe White Blend 2012

My final entry in this spotlight was long delayed due to my trip to Portugal, but the wait was worth it. Arbe Garbe’s Friulian-style blend is one of the best

May
17

Trimbach Reserve Personnelle Pinot Gris 2001

Pinot Gris is the typical Alsace grape, even more-so than Riesling. Grown in Alsace it resembles no other Pinot Gris in the world, with it hedonistic spice. Despite this, Riesling

Aug
3

Movia Pinot Gris 2008

Movia, the wild, slightly mad, but entirely brilliant natural winemaker from Slovenia is one of my top ‘naturalists’. Why? His wines are made with impeccable diligence, are eminently drinkable wines

Jul
20

Wind Gap Pinot Gris Windsor Oaks Vineyard Chalk Hill 2010: California Orange Wine

California, along with pockets of Australia, is the new hotbed for New World experimentation. The push away from the dominant focus of the industry in the last couple decades on

Jun
11

Weinbach Pinot Gris Reserve Particuliere 2010

There are those producers I drink but rarely discourse upon. Weinbach is of this ilk. However, this Pinot Gris deserves remark, not only to remind me (and you dear readers)

Oct
4

Teutonic Wine Company November Harvest Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris 2011

Let’s talk Oregon, Portland style. You know, weird. But also wonderful. Teutonic Wine Company is doing wonderful things with the forgotten high elevation cool climate sites in Oregon. They are

Sep
24

Cameron Giuliano 2011

Oregon is not associated with white wine. There is an occasional Chard that garners praise, but for the most part its Pinots overshadow everything else. Most of the time this

Mar
29

Spotlight on Alsace: Marc Tempe Rodelsberg 2005

There is an irony to be found in Alsace in the wines of Marc Tempe. Tempe has signed on fully to Nicolas Joly’s Rennaissance des Appellations group that supports an

Feb
25

Spotlight on Alsace: Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Altenbourg Cuvee Laurence 2005

We are back to the ancient Clos du Capucins monastic site now owned by Domaine Weinbach, but this time looking at the intriguing Pinot Gris variety. To Grand Cru or