Jun
9

The New Spain Emerging

My previous article on Priorat explained the context of the Spain most of us have come to know, derived from the globalized influence of a limited number of palates seeking

Mar
16

Xanadu in Uruguay: Bodega Garzon

The scope of the Bodega Garzon project in Uruguay is almost megalomaniacal. It takes a Citizen Kane like vision to start a winery by planting 200 hectares comprised of 1,200

Aug
21

Cascina Val del Preta “Carolina” Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009

I am not usually a fan of Barbera – even the ‘upper echelon’ stuff. I find it often marred by overuse of new oak and lacking the finesse, complexity and

Aug
3

Sandlands Sonoma County Trousseau Noir 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to remain consistent with my own personal integrity. You can blow up your life repeatedly to bring in new challenges, but

Jul
10

Searching for Okanagan Terroir with Sparkle: Bella Wines

Over the last decade, from the time I began writing about wine seriously, I have been searching for the signal that the Okanagan has (1) interesting terroir, (2) the technical

May
26

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Cantina Giardino Paski 2014

Whereas Friuli is an established but neglected region of great indigenous Italian whites, Campania is as forgotten as the ancient Etruscans – the people older and more established than the

May
7

Scholium Project Gardens of Babylon 2013

An ever evolving enterprise, Abe Schoener’s Scholium Project represents the soul of American innovation. Schoener has been making a huge range of quirky wines as far back as the mid

Apr
9

Massican “Annia” Napa Valley White Wine 2014

Napa Valley whites do not evoke bucolic sentiments. No one expects to find the charms of hyper-local, aromatic whites finding harmony with local foods over generations. But California’s latest re-invention

Jan
19

L’Oratoire de Chasse-Spleen 2009

Bordeaux remains one of the world’s greatest wine regions and I am increasingly interested in exploring and drinking those wines outside of the most famous. With such wines one can

Dec
13

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2000

This wine taught me three lessons. Lesson 1: There is Top Tier Brunello Not Currently in B.C. While some might not be surprised that B.C. is missing representation for top