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Jan
24

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2013

South Africa has built a brand for its Chenin Blanc, but very few have the interest and character of the magnificently old-vine Chenin from Swartland. Sadie’s Skurfberg is made with

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Jan
23

Peay Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Peay is one of the longer-running outfits in the ‘true’ (i.e. actually coastal) Sonoma Coast. Though founded in 1996, two decades is a long time for this new appellation and

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Jan
19

L’Oratoire de Chasse-Spleen 2009

Bordeaux remains one of the world’s greatest wine regions and I am increasingly interested in exploring and drinking those wines outside of the most famous. With such wines one can

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Jan
14

My Top 10 Wine Experiences of 2015

Due to travel and family commitments my annual round-up of the year’s top wine experiences has been delayed into the New Year. Thanks for the patience. On reflection, this seemed

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Dec
24

Bollinger Brut Rosé n/v

I cannot think of a more perfect Christmas wine than Bollinger’s category-leading rosé Champagne made by blending their special cuvée with 6% red Pinot Noir wine from special plots dedicated

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Dec
22

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2013

Though Swartland is best known for its red blends and its Syrahs, because of its exceptional diversity of old-vine material, there are some impressively old vines of obscure varieties that

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Dec
19

Domaine Vincent Paris ‘Granit 60’ Cornas 2012 (second tasting)

Few are privileged enough to buy multiple bottles of expensive wine to taste at various stages of development. But, for the wine-lover, watching a wine unfold over a period of

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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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Dec
6

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst White Wine 2010

Swartland has an unusual affinity for grapes. Reds prefer mediterranean varieties but whites succeed best with the distinctly South African blends of Chenin Blanc alongside a crazy mix of Rhone

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Dec
4

Bonny Doon Vineyard Sparkling Albarino 2010

*Full Disclosure: I received this bottle of wine as a sample* Randal Graham has been a fixture in the California wine scene for decades. Much has been written about his