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Jun
11

Cayuse ‘Armada Vineyard’ Syrah 2005

Is this wine gross? The cayuse monodimensional style is unlike any other wine. It couples copious levels of extract with an overwhelming walloping umami bomb of candied dried mushrooms, fermented

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May
26

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Cantina Giardino Paski 2014

Whereas Friuli is an established but neglected region of great indigenous Italian whites, Campania is as forgotten as the ancient Etruscans – the people older and more established than the

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May
22

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Kante Malvasia 2012

Italy’s nooks and crannies are home to such a depth of great wine that even serious wine professionals cannot exhaust the possibilities. White wines in particular are underrated and often

Monte Bello's oldest vines from 1940

May
8

A California Grand Cru: Visiting Ridge’s Monte Bello Vineyard

Abe Schoener is right. The greatest legacy of changing sentiments in the “new” California is increased focus on California’s best vineyards – its premier and grand crus. One of the

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May
7

Scholium Project Gardens of Babylon 2013

An ever evolving enterprise, Abe Schoener’s Scholium Project represents the soul of American innovation. Schoener has been making a huge range of quirky wines as far back as the mid

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May
5

Clos Rougeard Saumur “Brézé” 2010

Known for their Cabernet Franc, Clos Rougeard is probably the cultiest and most reknowned producer in the Loire Valley. Prices now compare to a good bottle of Bordeaux. They are

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Apr
9

Massican “Annia” Napa Valley White Wine 2014

Napa Valley whites do not evoke bucolic sentiments. No one expects to find the charms of hyper-local, aromatic whites finding harmony with local foods over generations. But California’s latest re-invention

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Mar
13

Turley Bechthold Vineyard Lodi Cinsault 2014

The appetite for old-vine material is growing in California. Wineries such as Turley, Carlisle and Bedrock have saved these vineyards from extinction and replanting with more profitable varieties. Their project

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Mar
10

The Triumph of Raw Material: Hanzell Vineyards

Hanzell Vineyards are owners of California’s oldest plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 1953 Ambassador vineyard, which I’ve written about before, is one of the most important in the

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Aug
21

Two Examples of Sonoma’s Heritage Compagni Portis Vineyard: Carlisle v. Arnot-Roberts

Heritage Vineyards are the source of some of California’s most distinctive wines. Most of these old vineyards, however, are planted with red grape vines. This makes the Compagni Portis vineyard,