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Nov
4

Antoine Arena Patrimonio Rouge “Carco” 2011

Long live the medium bodied red. Whether from California, Bordeaux, Barolo or, Corsica, the medium-bodied red is now king. There is something expressive and drinkable about such wines. The best

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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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Dec
13

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2000

This wine taught me three lessons. Lesson 1: There is Top Tier Brunello Not Currently in B.C. While some might not be surprised that B.C. is missing representation for top

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Jul
30

Champagne Dom Perignon 2002

I’m moving past the feeling. The feeling that drives you to unexpected commitment, thinking through your beliefs to become more embedded in value and community. It’s a moment increasingly dissipating.

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Jul
25

Cave des Amandiers Ermitage Blanc 2011

A discovery of Mr. Rimmerman at Garagiste, Cave des Amandiers nestles against the Alps in the Swiss AOC Valais, northeast of Chamonix. How many wineries like this exist? Those incredibly

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Feb
14

Azienda Agricola Grifalco Bosco del Falco Aglianico del Vulture 2007

As you crest the hill the dusty, rocky ground gives way to ancient, gnarled creatures that seem reticent in their sagacity, hiding amongst the overgrowth. This is what you have been

Dec
17

Garage Wine Co. Lot #36 Cabernet Franc Maipo Alto 2011

Chile. I last wrote about Chilean wine nearly five years ago. You might infer from this that I see little merit in Chilean wine, and I would admit this is true,

May
20

Two Envelope Pushing St. Josephs: Domaine des Miquettes and Vincent Paris

Syrah is one of the greatest grapes in the world when grown in the right places. The Northern Rhone has always been its spiritual home, but few drinkers taste the

Feb
2

Occhipinti SP68 Bianco Terre Siciliane 2012

While you will find the SP68 red in Vancouver, I had to travel to Seattle to find this white at Matt Dillon’s new restaurant Bar Sajor (superb). This is remarkable

Feb
1

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Morey Blanc Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2002

Aloxe-Corton belongs to a cluster of the most northerly villages in the Cote de Beaune (the others being Pernand and Ladoix), and sits nestled below the southern slopes of Corton