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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

Jun
15

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

Apr
2

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

Mar
9

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

Dec
24

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

Sep
15

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

Feb
19

La Stoppa Macchiona 2005

La Stoppa has become quite an important producer in Emilia-Romagna. But it was not always so. The estate began as the pet project of a wealthy lawyer who decided that

Sep
30

Jean-Michel Stéphan Cote Rotie 2008

Terroir, wine’s most important ideal, floats somewhere between culture and science. No scientific evidence exists to support the notion that wine gains character from the mineral component in soils. Rather,