Nov
29

Champagne Recommendations for the Holidays

Holidays need Champagne, much for the reasons Napoleon indicated. Champagne evens the ups and downs of life, family, and friends. It allows pause in an over-programmed life. I am not

Jul
28

Some New World Wines Showing Favourably Alongside Burgundy

Wine competition is more intense now than any time in the history of the commercial wine industry. This has pushed quality in every region higher and faster – even a

Aug
6

Egly-Ouriet Champagne V.P. (2015 disgorgement)

One of the great grower-producers in Champagne, Egly-Ouriet, has no fear of oak. One of his top wines, the Vieillissement Prolonge, sees extended elevage and lees ageing, producing a wine

Jan
6

Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Les Terrasses du Serre Cornas 2009

Matthieu Barret is to Cornas as Jean Michel Stephan is to Cote-Rotie. These are stylish, elegant wines from biodynamically farmed Syrah vinified with minimum sulphur. The heft and animality of

Apr
23

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Prephylloxera “La Vigna di Don Peppino” Etna Rosso 2013

Etna’s volcano wines are no longer a secret. Top wines, like this Don Peppino from 130+ year old prephylloxera vines, are not cheap. Despite this increasing fame and pricing, the

Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

Nov
9

Terenzuola Colli di Luni Fosso di Corsano Vermentino Superiore 2012

You don’t read too much about Tuscan white wines in the pages of the leading wine publications. The Colli di Luni DOC, located in both Tuscany and Liguria, produces red

Jul
15

Nusserhof “B” Erzeugerabfullung Vino Bianco 2012

Ava Gene’s has one of the best wine lists in Portland. This is the only explanation for me finding the extremely rare Nusserhof white “B” on the wine list (but

Jul
8

James Rahn Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley Gamay 2014

Oregon is one of the few new world regions where focus on a single variety makes oenological and viticultural sense. Oregon Pinot Noir, unlike New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Shiraz,

Apr
19

Trimbach “Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” Gewurztraminer 2004

Not only does Trimbach make one of the few Gewurztraminers I enjoy drinking, but it makes Gewurztraminer into a serious and wonderful wine with its top “Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” bottling.