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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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Jan
13

Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Reserve 2015

Pinot Blanc is a highly underrated grape. This is due to the sheer quantity of insipidly farmed and vinified versions of this grape that have made many associate it with

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Jan
6

Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Les Terrasses du Serre Cornas 2009

Matthieu Barret is to Cornas as Jean Michel Stephan is to Cote-Rotie. These are stylish, elegant wines from biodynamically farmed Syrah vinified with minimum sulphur. The heft and animality of

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Dec
18

A Champagne Wonderland

Hosting friends for dinner is one of life’s great joys. Picking all the wines for the evening is another. I recently had the privilege to open three superb bottlings at

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Dec
8

Domaine Denis Mortet “Longeroies” Marsannay 2010

Mortet is a young domaine that in my view is destined to become one of Burgundy’s greats. Struck by tragic circumstances in 2006 when Denis committed suicide, Denis’ young, then

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Nov
13

Drew Family Wines Perli Vineyards Syrah 2014

The Mendocino Ridge AVA in Anderson Valley is at the frontier of California’s wine producing regions to the north of the state. Jason and Molly Drew are the AVAs top

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Nov
5

Chateau Olivier Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2013 and Chateau de Fieuzal Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2012

Fads and brand are fascinating. While red Bordeaux has broken all sorts of price and culture barriers, creating a luxury brand that has been gobbled up particularly by wealthy Chinese

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Oct
28

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2012

Some wines are sui generis. They are extremely rare and carry such distinctive characteristics that trained tasters can call the wines blind more often than not. Mas de Daumas Gassac

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Oct
22

On Reductive Ageing, Or A Few Great Bottles of Champagne and Sherry

Champagne and Fino Sherry share two great commonalities. First, they both grow in calcareous clay and limestone soils. Second, they are (generally) both made with uncommon highly reductive wine-making techniques.

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Oct
9

Franck Balthazar Cuvée Casimir Cornas 2010

Traditional Cornas is one of the great wines of the world. The region’s most famous domaines – Auguste Clape and Thierry Allemand – now sell for $150 a bottle and