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Nov
21

Roccolo Grassi Amarone 2007

Newly-minted wine lovers often begin with Amarone. Its sweeter, richer profile is attractive to many North American drinkers and its recognizability make it a frequent go-to for those seeking gifts.

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Nov
15

Domaine Huet ‘Le Haut-Lieu’ Vouvray Sec 1998

I’ve written enough about Huet before that I do not need to repeat the essentials (not to mention the sheer volume of material on the web). Sometimes it is nice

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Nov
15

Siro Pacenti Pelagrilli Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Another vaunted vintage is upon us. The sheer number of declared top vintages for great wine regions in Europe surpasses the wallets of most and plays into North Americans’ love

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Nov
11

Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Contra Costa County 2013

Bedrock is one of my favourite US producers. They focus on heritage vineyards, field blends, and ensuring proper acidity and balance in the wines made from the very intense, high

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Nov
9

Terenzuola Colli di Luni Fosso di Corsano Vermentino Superiore 2012

You don’t read too much about Tuscan white wines in the pages of the leading wine publications. The Colli di Luni DOC, located in both Tuscany and Liguria, produces red

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Nov
8

E Guigal ‘Brune et Blonde’ Cote-Rotie 2010

Most of us geeks pass over many of the larger Rhone negocients when browsing bottles. Chapoutier, Jaboulet, Guigal, etc. But not all negocients are made the same. In my view,

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Oct
31

Bergstrom Sigrid Chardonnay 2012

Oregon Chardonnay has truly started to come into its own. In some cases, the best examples of Chardonnay are even more exciting than many of the Pinot Noirs coming out

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Oct
27

Chateau La Garde Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2012

While affordable Bordeaux seems an oxymoron, there are ways to get your fix without being part of the three comma club. While most Bordeaux hype occurs with the reds, I

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Oct
25

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

Heaven on Earth. South Africa’s fairy-tale beauty with a view of Antarctica make the Hemel-en-Arde Valley among the world’s most awe-inspiring wine regions. Now home to some of the country’s

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Oct
17

Blending and Terroir with Bodega Catena Zapata

At Catena Zapata terroir is an ongoing science experiment. The philosophy is science-driven decision making. Statements about quality are not speculative or driven by marketing but are rather backed by