Aug
27

Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone 2010

Texier, a former nuclear physicist, is now one of the leading natural wine producers in the Rhone valley. Texier embraces a fairly low technology approach to winemaking, with hand pruning

Oct
14

Domaine Saint-Damien Cotes Du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2007

This is the first of the 2007’s, a lauded vintage in the southern Rhone, that I’ve dipped my nose into. And a happy nose it was. This wine exceeds what is

Jul
5

Domaine Grand Nicolet Vielles Vignes Rasteau 2006

Cote du Rhone can really kill it, or it can be decidedly boring pepper stew. Rateau, however, a single village within the Cote du Rhone offers better quality wines, and

Feb
28

Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2004

The wine world isn’t exposed to too many white Rhone wines, whether they be from the Rhone itself or from the central Coast of California, which is also producing some

Jan
29

McCrea Sirocco 2004

McCrea is a Rhone-style specialist located in Washington state. I have been looking to try something from these guys for a while now and so it was hard to resist

Jan
1

Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf du Pape 2005

Back to the Rhone for this nice holiday celebration wine paired with simple mustard roasted lamb chops. Chateauneuf du Pape is getting more and more expensive, and with exclamations by

Dec
6

Domaine La Monardiere Vacqueyras ‘Les Calades’ 2006

Vacqueyras wines are not terribly profuse in this market, and accordingly I have only had a handful. I normally love the Southern Rhone, however, so it was easy to give

Nov
21

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1998

I’ve been running through a host of older bottles lately. This seems to happen at the end of every first semester for some reason. I think the cold weather, first

Sep
20

Domaine Saint-Damien ‘La Louisiane’ Gigondas 2004

I seem to be drawn to Rhone wines, particularly those of the Gingondas region in the Southern Rhone. Something about the rough brambly texture, the dried dusty fruit and depth

Aug
11

Les Pallieres Vertical

I ran this vertical tasting on one of my favourite southern Rhone wines some time ago and am glad to finally be able to put the experience to electrons. Our