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Apr
5

Ottoventi Zibibbo 2014

Northwest Sicily is not exactly the trendiest wine region in Europe. Sure, Etna is breaking quality and price barriers at a speed extremely uncommon for Italy, but that Sicily excitement

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Apr
1

The New Forefront of Syrah or Patchwork Potential? The Present and Future of Saint-Joseph

Since Saint-Joseph expanded from a small wedge of vineyards over 6 villages and 10 kilometres to an expansive region spanning 25 villages and 65 kilometres in 1969, it has been

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Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

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Mar
20

Ronchi di Cialla Friuli Colli Orientali Schioppettino di Cialla 2010

The wines of Friuli are very poorly distributed in Canada, and particularly in BC. This does not mean they are cheap – reputation and quality have led to quite high

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Mar
19

Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay 2011

The 2011 Aurata is the last vintage before Maggie Harrison changed the source of fruit for this wine to the Shea Vineyard, which she felt provided fruit closer to her

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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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Mar
6

RPM Gamay Noir 2013

This is the best Gamay Noir being produced in America today. It is not unlike a top Morgon, which is not surprising given that RPM proprietors Nathan Roberts, Rajat Parr,

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Feb
21

Vietti Barbaresco “Masseria” 2011

Vietti are ideal modernists. Their use of oak is akin to the masters in Burgundy – deft, noticeable, but clearly intelligent and enhancing of valuable qualities. But do not be

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Feb
14

Bonny Doon Grenache Cuvee “R” 2014

**I received this bottle of wine as a sample from the winery** This Monterey County Grenache expertly echoes the inimitable garrigue of the Cote du Rhone and Provence. I seem