Jul
9

Spotlight on New Zealand: Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2005

I’ve been pretty excited about the New Zealand Syrahs I’ve tasted in this spotlight. This wine, however, has proven to be somewhat of an enigma. A New Zealand Giant Craggy

Oct
7

Spotlight on Washington Syrah: Charles Smith Wines Skull Syrah 2005

I could spend time in this post discussing the terroir of the Columbia Valley AVA where the grapes for Charles Smith’s Skull Syrah were grown – but doing so would

Dec
20

Delas St. Esprit Cotes du Rhone 2007

As anyone who has spent any time reading about wine in the last year likely knows, Robert Parker has declared the 2007 vintage in the Southern Rhone to be the

Nov
11

Dogfish Head Festina Peche

A brief note today for this beer made with peach juice from concentrate. I guess Dogfish Head was going for refreshing, but they got unbalanced muck in the end. This

Sep
30

Shmaltz Brewing Coney Island Human Blockhead

I’ve written about the diversity of lager before, and the unfortunate dominance of mass market beer in the lager department. Shmaltz Brewing is taking the challenge, though, with their Coney

Dec
15

Gallante Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

I get excited about small producers, especially those from lesser regions. I find that the QPR on these wines can be great, and they also often surprise a jaded palate

Aug
31

Ben Marco Malbec 2005

A gift from a friend giving me a lesson in South American Terroir. I found this Argentian (Mendoza) Malbec plummy, with a small amount of earthiness and very smooth if

Mar
26

Chateau de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Cotes Du Rhone 2005

It’s bound to happen. At some point. Against all my expectations this was one of the worst wines I’ve had in recent memory. This came highly recommended as a Cotes

Feb
27

Burgans Albarino 2006

I was looking for a wine to pair with some halibut and was recommended to try a Spanish Albarino. Always being one who likes something new, and since I’d never

Dec
13

Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007

I generally like Fuller’s ales, and so when I saw this limited edition vintage ale at the local BC liquor store I was excited to give it a try. These

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