Tenuta di Trinoro Campo di Magnacosta 2015

Andrea Franchetti’s Tenuta di Trinoro project makes some of the best wine in Italy. Located in an obscure part of Tuscany and focused on Bordeaux varieties, particularly Cabernet Franc, the


A Parade of Barolo

Never-tiring and always inspiring, I’ve been fortunate to drink several top Barolo producers and crus in the last few months. Cavallotto remains a favourite producer, and the estate’s two great single-vineyard


Spotlight on the Maconnais Wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine Émilian Gillet Viré-Clessé 2012

What I love about the Thevenets is their commitment to the idiosyncrasy of the land and the climate of their unique sites in Quintaine. They elevated the Macon before anyone


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


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


Two Exceptional Marsannes: Yves Cuilleron Les Vignes d’a Cote 2012 and Tahbilk Old Vine 2002

It is rare to find bottlings of 100% Marsanne. The grape does not grow well in most places and, for some, its lower acidity and focus on texture over fruit


Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009

The wines of South Africa get little attention in North America. Most of the cheaper wines we see here are not particularly interesting, made by huge producers and banking on


Spotlight on Red Burgundy: A.F. Gros Vosne Romanée Clos de la Fontaine Monopole 2009

Deciphering the Gros family can be almost as challenging as unravelling Burgundy’s appellations and vineyards. A.F. Gros is married to Francois Parent, with the domaine located in Pommard but also


Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2002

If there is an ideal form of Mosel Riesling, its harmony would derive from its continuity and its persistence. Continuity because its acid and sugar balance become an indistinguishable whole


Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Francois Parent Pommard Les Rugiens Premier Cru 2002

Finally a return to the Red Burgundy spotlight. The hot weather this summer in Vancouver put drinking complex Burgundy Pinot Noir on the backburner. Now that the summer is fading