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Aug
13

Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2015

In today’s Loire-crazed wine geek set, Sancerre has fallen by the wayside. To be sure, the Sancerre most drinkers encounter is insipid, unbalanced, machine-harvested, chemically grown rubbish. This impression is

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Jun
13

Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2015

I mostly write about wines of exceptional quality and that I think deserve special notice. I am also usually a significant fan of Alain Graillot – his whole cluster old-vine

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Jun
1

Priorat: Globalization, Terroir, and The New Wines of Spain

A contradiction lies deep in the heart of wine’s globalization. The standard narrative is that globalization leads to homogenization of wine style and increasing monopolization of distribution. The counter-narrative has

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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
16

Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2011

Costanti is in the upper ranks of Brunello in my books. The reason is their vintage typicity and deft ability to produce elegant Sangiovese. Most of the recent lauded vintages

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Mar
18

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2011

There is an understandable trend away from large producers. Today’s world is filled with large corporate interests that seem to represent nothing relatable to consumers 40 and under. But in

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Jan
13

Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Reserve 2015

Pinot Blanc is a highly underrated grape. This is due to the sheer quantity of insipidly farmed and vinified versions of this grape that have made many associate it with

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Dec
14

Concha y Toro Don Melchor 2012

With top Napa Cab mostly out of reach, particularly for Canadians buying with our weakened dollar, top South American wines are increasingly attractive. In particular, the consistently excellent Don Melchor

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Nov
26

Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2012

A recent article by Alfonso Cevola excoriated some new trendy wine lists for neglecting classic great wines not on trend. Chianti was one of the regions on Mr. Cevola’s mind.

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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