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Aug
16

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Graci Etna Bianco 2014

Etna is so hot right now. The white still fly under the radar, though. That is too bad. They are delicious. Graci is part of the so-called “second generation” of

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Aug
3

Sandlands Sonoma County Trousseau Noir 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to remain consistent with my own personal integrity. You can blow up your life repeatedly to bring in new challenges, but

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Jul
31

Domanie Marquis d’Angerville Meursault Santenots 1er cru 2009

Here we have a Burgundian oddity. Marquis d’Angerville is one of Burgundy’s greatest producers that remain within reach. Because quality is so high and prices fair, these wines are extremely

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Jul
23

Wind Gap Rana 2009

This is the best New World Grenache based wine I have had in quite some time. I prefer it because it derives pleasure from savoriness and texture. The 9% Mourvedre

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Jun
22

Wind Gap Old-Vine Mourvedre ‘Bedrock Vineyard’ 2011

The best of California never stop experimenting. It’s what sets the state’s wines apart from other regions, particularly over the last few years as innovation in California’s wine industry has

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Jun
12

Varner, Old and New: Re-Inventing the Imagination

What is the meaning of legacy? There is a rare single moment in the lives of a very few where they break from a life’s work. Our linear perception of

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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

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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