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Jul
2

An Amphitheatre of Elegance in Chianti Classico: Monteraponi

Chianti Classico has the capacity for great terroir-driven wines. There is huge variability among the region’s hills and valleys, forests and fields, heat and chill. Soil types include schist, clay,

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Jun
18

Philippe Valette ‘Et Pourtant…’ Vin de France

Philippe Valette makes my favourite wines of the Macon. His farming practices are the best in the region: firstly, farming is organic and free of all chemical sprays. Philippe also

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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

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Apr
15

Sextant Bourgogne Rouge 2015

There are not many naturalist wines in Burgundy. Currently, only Pacalet has broad notoriety, though his wines are extremely expensive. The region’s harsh climate is one reason, as is the

Garzon vineyards

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

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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

Soils near Jerez

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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Aug
27

Alice et Olivier de Moor “Le Vendangeur Masque” Chablis 2014

Despite its reputation and the devoted love of wine geeks everywhere, Chablis has a weak track record for healthy vineyards. A very large amount of land in Chablis is still

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Aug
24

Ryme Vermentino Las Brias Vineyard “His” 2013

There has been a movement to valorizing the young vintners that comprise the latest generation of the “new California”. Sometimes the praise can go too far and in my view

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Aug
16

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Graci Etna Bianco 2014

Etna is so hot right now. The white still fly under the radar, though. That is too bad. They are delicious. Graci is part of the so-called “second generation” of