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Apr
6

Idlewild “The Bird Flora & Fauna Red” 2015

The exploration of California’s alternative and forgotten finds is in full maturity. Wine lists in San Francisco’s Mission district are replete with such offerings, the best of which are delicious,

Oct
12

Two Elysian Pumpkin Beers

I will have some articles coming soon on Portugal where I am visiting Porto and the Douro valley. In the meantime, enjoy this very quick note on two excellent seasonal

Sep
19

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Forlorn Hope “Que Sandade” Sierra Foothills Verdelho 2012

It is the felt life. The deeper roots we place reach their measure on instances of resonant kinship. It is the understanding that we can touch something fundamental by bypassing

Aug
19

Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca 2012

Italy is the greatest source in the world for high quality, characterful wines made from indigenous grapes. Portugal is in a solid second place, but Italy has a big head

Oct
23

The Bruery Sour in the Rye

Once upon a time I used to drink more beer than wine. This was facilitated by my time in California several years ago where access to craft beer and microbrews

Feb
2

Rigatteri Mirau 2011

Not many Sardinian wines make it into British Columbia. Besides the Tenuta San Guido project Montessu, I have found nothing of merit in B.C. This is in contrast to our

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Jan
8

La Grange aux Belles Anjou “53” 2011

A couple times a year I get really excited about an unknown, hard to find, but well priced wine. It’s difficult to extract these sort of wines from the morass

Dec
29

Mocine IGT 2009

This is not profound wine, but it does demonstrate what small, thoughtful producers can do with indigenous Italian grapes. Made in Tuscany with the indigenous grapes Foglia Tonda, Barsaglina, Colorino

Dec
26

Spotlight on White Burgundy: Pierre Morey “Morey-Blanc” Meursault Premier Cru Genevrieres 2001

The last example of Meursault I wrote about was not an example of the typical style for the Village, rather bearing a unique fruit characteristic likely from both the climat

Dec
3

Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 2010

Jean Royer remains under the radar in Chateauneuf, despite making superb wines at very reasonable prices. A close friend of Philippe Cambie (who consults here), Royer makes wines of a