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

Jan
12

Champagne Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles n/v

Once you leave Canada to a real wine market, there seems an endless font of grower champagne. My latest discovery came courtesy of Le Caviste in Seattle: Pierre Gerbais’s Grains

Nov
6

The Eyrie Vineyards “Original Vines” Pinot Noir 2014

The foundational Eyrie Vineyards first planted vines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1965, against the advice of professors at UC Davis. It was the vineyard instrumental in convincing Drouhin to

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

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

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

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.

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

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,