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Apr
27

Ciabot Berton: Barolo from a La Morra Traditionalist

Ciabot Berton are new entrants into British Columbia’s wine market. A recent tasting provided an opportunity to explore a range of blended and single vineyard Barolos from various recent vintages.

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Apr
21

Spotlight on the Maconnais wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine de Roally Viré-Clessé 2014

In a region of over 9,000 growers, it is a shame that so few focus on terroir differences. In this lies the greatness of the three Thevent cuvees – they

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Apr
17

Spotlight on the Maconnais wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine de la Bongran Viré-Clessé 2010

The Thevenets are a founding family of modern Macon. Long before Lafon and Leroy purchased vineyards in the region, the Thevenets challenged the co-op, mass-production mentality of the Macon, focusing

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Apr
6

Idlewild “The Bird Flora & Fauna Red” 2015

The exploration of California’s alternative and forgotten finds is in full maturity. Wine lists in San Francisco’s Mission district are replete with such offerings, the best of which are delicious,

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Feb
7

Bernard Gripa Saint Joseph Blanc 2013

I have a soft spot for Northern Rhone whites. The top examples of Marsanne and Roussanne from Saint Joseph and Hermitage offer a combination of texture, medium acidity, concentration and

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Dec
11

Le Piane “Mimmo” Vino Rosso 2011

In today’s post I will consider the ideology of one of the most common narratives in wine through the lens of an Italian estate that I greatly enjoy and respect.

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Dec
8

Domaine Denis Mortet “Longeroies” Marsannay 2010

Mortet is a young domaine that in my view is destined to become one of Burgundy’s greats. Struck by tragic circumstances in 2006 when Denis committed suicide, Denis’ young, then

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Nov
5

Chateau Olivier Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2013 and Chateau de Fieuzal Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2012

Fads and brand are fascinating. While red Bordeaux has broken all sorts of price and culture barriers, creating a luxury brand that has been gobbled up particularly by wealthy Chinese

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Oct
28

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2012

Some wines are sui generis. They are extremely rare and carry such distinctive characteristics that trained tasters can call the wines blind more often than not. Mas de Daumas Gassac

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Oct
9

Franck Balthazar Cuvée Casimir Cornas 2010

Traditional Cornas is one of the great wines of the world. The region’s most famous domaines – Auguste Clape and Thierry Allemand – now sell for $150 a bottle and