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Mar
16

That’s Life Gourmet – Spring 2014 Portfolio Tasting

That’s Life is one of BC’s most interesting import agents with a portfolio of some of the top producers in France, with an increasingly exciting and extensive Burgundy selection. I

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Mar
15

Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

The rich, ripe Napa Cabernet has fallen out of fashion with many wine geeks and top sommeliers. Exemplified by the publication of books such as SF Chronicle wine critic Jon

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Mar
13

Pyramid Valley Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay 2009

Pyramid Valley’s home vineyard wines are some of the most intriguing in New Zealand. Owner and winemaker Mike Weersing is known to be an soft spoken, intellectual obsessive totally dedicated

Mar
9

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: A.F. Gros Vosne Romanée Clos de la Fontaine Monopole 2009

Deciphering the Gros family can be almost as challenging as unravelling Burgundy’s appellations and vineyards. A.F. Gros is married to Francois Parent, with the domaine located in Pommard but also

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Mar
8

Good Things are Never Enough: Pure Chablis

Intellectual curiosity defines the best wine events. When exploration exceeds messaging, then space opens for authenticity. Distance and context together foster insight. So did Vancouver’s first ‘Pure Chablis’ event, hosted

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Mar
4

Pierre Peters Rosé ‘for Albane’ Champagne n/v

Pierre Peters’ Blanc de Blancs are some of the best in Champagne. Being known for Chardonnay, however, means few know of the producer’s recent foray into rosé Champagne, using purchased

Mar
2

Muller Catoir Pflaz Riesling Haardter Herrenletten Spatlese Trocken 2008

Put the book down for second. Lift your head from the pages and breathe. The intellectualization of wine amongst its elite gives it depth and the capacity for devotion. But

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Feb
27

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014

  Another year another wine festival. This year’s theme was France, with a focus on sparkling wines. That means Champagne, though the producers at the show were pretty much all

Feb
23

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Dominique Laurent Vosne Romanée 1er Cru “Les Suchots” 2008

To engage with Vosne Romanée demands humility. Reputationally Vosne is undoubtedly one of the greatest wine villages in the world. Pinot Noir knows no equal. Its history and gradations of

Feb
22

Tinto Pesquera Ribera del Duero Crianza 2009

One of Spain’s best values is also one of red wine’s most consistent and fairly priced bottles every vintage: pioneering produce Alejandro Fernandez’ Tinto Pesequera Crianza. I love Ribera del