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Aug
25

Is Chardonnay the Most Diverse Grape in the World?

To set this post, I have purposefully asked a complex question with a complex answer. Despite its seemingly simple base form, Chardonnay does not reveal itself with simple explanations. Chardonnay

Grivot is one of my favourite producers of Vosne. Their Vosne village is always outstanding, but this single vineyard from 2011 (a challenging vintage) was full of game, ripe red fruit and intangible greatness. The Pratt vineyard from Littorai is epic. Pratt is perhaps the most aromatic vineyard in the Sonoma Coast (or close to it) and Ted Lemon's version, with its refined tannic structure and tremendous lift, is serious and beautiful with a touch of bottle age.

Jul
28

Some New World Wines Showing Favourably Alongside Burgundy

Wine competition is more intense now than any time in the history of the commercial wine industry. This has pushed quality in every region higher and faster – even a

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May
5

Is Pinot Noir the Most Interesting Grape in the World?

This question may seem audacious, but it deserves serious consideration. The criteria for interest are (1) diversity of flavour, texture, and structural profiles; (2) that diversity derives from both site

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Feb
3

Mayer Gamay 2017

Gamay. So hot right now. Rob McMillan’s latest state of the wine industry report provides the key insight that millennials are drinking less wine, particularly fine wine, and this portents a

Jamsheed

Oct
6

Jamsheed Harem La Syrah 2013

The positive side-effect of Australia’s crash in wine sales was the huge drop in fruit prices that has allowed smaller producers to make great wines at very reasonable prices. This

Forbes

Jun
8

Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Only deep experience allows a winemaker to pick by taste alone. Mac Forbes is, like Maggie Harrison of Oregon’s Antica Terra, of this ilk. The point, says Forbes, is not

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Jun
1

Seppelt DP90 Rare Tawny

Seppelt is one of Australia’s oldest wineries, founded in 1851. What some may not know is that in its early days Seppelt focused on fortified wines, which was the predominant

Ochota

Feb
28

Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah 2014

Australian wine – the theme of this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival – has for many years been rediscovering its massive regional and soil diversity with numerous producers focusing on

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
24

Pewsey Vale The Contours “Museum Reserve” Riesling 2006

Aged Australian Riesling can be amongst the best white wines in the world. Few have tasted them, mainly because almost no one cellars Aussie Riesling in North America. Luckily top