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Apr
10

Fattoria Selvapiana Vigneto Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011

Selvapiana is consistently one of if not the best producers in Chianti Rufina, a region lying east of Florence and outside of the original classico zone. The other large Rufina

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Apr
1

The New Forefront of Syrah or Patchwork Potential? The Present and Future of Saint-Joseph

Since Saint-Joseph expanded from a small wedge of vineyards over 6 villages and 10 kilometres to an expansive region spanning 25 villages and 65 kilometres in 1969, it has been

soter

Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

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Mar
19

Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay 2011

The 2011 Aurata is the last vintage before Maggie Harrison changed the source of fruit for this wine to the Shea Vineyard, which she felt provided fruit closer to her

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Jan
29

Chateau La Providence Pomerol 2012

Perhaps I am too skeptical, but I reject providence. Instead I prefer greater emphasis on deontology. I subscribe to the consequences of choices and actions over outcomes. I am repeatedly

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Dec
24

Bollinger Brut Rosé n/v

I cannot think of a more perfect Christmas wine than Bollinger’s category-leading rosé Champagne made by blending their special cuvée with 6% red Pinot Noir wine from special plots dedicated

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Dec
19

Domaine Vincent Paris ‘Granit 60’ Cornas 2012 (second tasting)

Few are privileged enough to buy multiple bottles of expensive wine to taste at various stages of development. But, for the wine-lover, watching a wine unfold over a period of

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Nov
21

Roccolo Grassi Amarone 2007

Newly-minted wine lovers often begin with Amarone. Its sweeter, richer profile is attractive to many North American drinkers and its recognizability make it a frequent go-to for those seeking gifts.

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Nov
15

Domaine Huet ‘Le Haut-Lieu’ Vouvray Sec 1998

I’ve written enough about Huet before that I do not need to repeat the essentials (not to mention the sheer volume of material on the web). Sometimes it is nice

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Nov
15

Siro Pacenti Pelagrilli Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Another vaunted vintage is upon us. The sheer number of declared top vintages for great wine regions in Europe surpasses the wallets of most and plays into North Americans’ love