Sep
12

Angiolino Maule I Masieri 2011

Time for controversy. With natural wines I am usually in the proponent camp – when done well these wines challenge pre-conceptions and offer tremendous transparency. Sometimes, however, they are cocktails

Oct
16

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Esporao Reserva White 2006

The spotlight on Portuguese dry wine draws to a close with this white blend from Esporao. Esporao’s red and white reserva wines are good examples of how overly modern fruit

Jan
6

Spotlight on Southern Italy: Two Nero d’Avolas from Sicily

Sicily has been an important wine region for thousands of years. Much like Apulia, Sicily was a cultural cross-roads throughout most of European history, and has been controlled by the

Dec
19

Montes Purple Angel 2005

Chile has been viewed as a ‘value’ region for some time now, but I wonder if they will ever find their terroir. Certainly they have the ability, but so many

Sep
30

Southern Tier Hopsun Summer Wheat Beer

It’s somewhat ironic that this review finally made it up on the site one day after Vancouver’s first major rain storm of the fall/winter doldrums. So, if you’ll excuse my

Aug
30

Brancaia Tre 2006

Brancaia is a Tuscan producer with an interesting array of proprietary blends including the illustrious “blu”. The Tre – a blend of sangiovese, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon – is their

Mar
11

Lindemans Cuvee Rene Gueuze Lambic

Gueuze lambic is a sour beer blended from aged and young lambic. Many people’s familiarty with lambic will be with sweet fruity concoctions that taste nothing like beer. This particular

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Mar
2

Broken Spur Petite Sirah 2006

Bounty Hunter’s (sweet Napa store) proprietary brand. I had this 2 years ago on my first trip to Napa as the first PS I had ever tasted. This vintage was

Sep
20

Mollydooker ‘The Boxer’ Shiraz 2006

Here we have what I would call, extending the metaphor from the last post, a Cyclops of a wine. Brute, stupid, singular, one dimensional and easily fooled. Mollydooker is a

Sep
12

Antu ‘Ninquen’ Syrah 2005

The second of my friend’s attempt to familiarize me with South American terroir. I certainly get a sense that the Colchagua Valley has a lot of potential for syrah, although