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

Dec
31

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Chateau de Chorey Tante Berthe Beaune Premier Cru 2008

Moving from Auxey (the focus of the last article in this series) to Beaune means moving from niche to one of the largest production zones in Burgundy. Because of its

Dec
27

Sylvain Dittiere Les Beaugrands Saumur-Champigny 2010

Based on this wine, Dittiere is likely going to become one of Saumur’s top producers in a few years. Having studied with and then married into the Foucault family of

Jun
19

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Catherine et Claude Maréchal Pommard “La Chaniere” 2005

The idea of a focused series on red Burgundy can, by definition, be a mere hint of the life consuming passion to be had exploring the Pinot Noirs of the

Jun
16

Weingut Knoll Loibner Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2010

Several years ago Gruner Veltliner was the darling of the trend-setting Sommeliers in New York and San Francisco. Then little known, Gruner offered a high acid, versatile white that yet

May
15

Oltretorrente Colli Tortonesi Timarosso 2011

Piedmont, famous for its red wines, in fact has a number of exceptional white varieties well worth exploring. The most famous is perhaps Arneis, but this wine proves that the

Apr
27

Arnot-Roberts North Coast Syrah 2010

Arnot-Roberts is one of my favourite California wineries. They hold a dear place in my heart because of their relentless embrace of experimentation and their bold acceptance of Sonoma’s liminal

Apr
21

Fattorie Romeo del Castello Allegracore Etna Rosso 2009

Etna is a hobby of mine. An indigenous grape (Nerello Mascalese) with the complexity and character of a level equivalent to the best Pinot Noir along with ancient (sometimes pre-phylloxera)

Apr
13

Champagne Day: Franck Pascal Tolerance n/v Rose Brut

I often find Rose Champagnes overly dense and sweet for my tastes. I lean much more towards the lean, precise blanc de blanc style and the no dosage wines of