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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

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Nov
8

E Guigal ‘Brune et Blonde’ Cote-Rotie 2010

Most of us geeks pass over many of the larger Rhone negocients when browsing bottles. Chapoutier, Jaboulet, Guigal, etc. But not all negocients are made the same. In my view,

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Oct
31

Bergstrom Sigrid Chardonnay 2012

Oregon Chardonnay has truly started to come into its own. In some cases, the best examples of Chardonnay are even more exciting than many of the Pinot Noirs coming out

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Sep
28

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Cuvèe delle Vigne Niche Etna Bianco 2012

The wines of Etna have in a remarkably short time become quite well known and respected in the industry – but focus has been almost exclusively on the red wines.

Fontodi

Sep
6

Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

So forget about Gran Selezione for a moment. The single vineyard Vigna del Sorbo from Fontodi hasn’t changed with that classification but it has consistently been one of the greatest

Barton

Sep
5

Of Stump Years and Spaniards or Bordeaux for Regular Folk

Much like Vancouver Real Estate, Bordeaux has been priced out of reach for regular non-wealthy folk. Chinese millionaires are gobbling up ‘culture’ through ‘luxury’ with the appetite of millions of

LVP

Aug
30

Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah 2011

Le Vieux Pin is one of the few wineries in the Okanagan that has been willing to completely reinvent themselves to pursue truly great (and not just decent) wine in

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Aug
15

Paolo Bea Arboreus 2009

Orange wine is an important category. It is also one of the most abused styles of wine, with many terrible examples being thrust onto the marketplace, hoping to capitalize on

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Aug
12

Nikolaihof Vom Stein Riesling Smaragd 2009

Nikolaihof is a wine geek’s paradise. An Austrian multi-vineyard winery replete with geeky varieties, released new and aged (in both oak and bottles), with a myriad of fermentation choices. The