Jan
3

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Ama Riserva 2009

With this article we move north from Castelnuovo Berardenga to the commune of Gaiole and one of Chianti’s oldest, most famous producers. Castello di Ama is also fairly controversial for

Jan
2

Vincent Paris Granit 60 Cornas 2012

The Northern Rhone is home to the world’s best Syrah but also its most underwhelming and overpriced (with some pockets of California also joining this latter category). It is becoming

Dec
27

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Clos de la Fèguine Premier Cru 2011

This domain has improved vastly in the last decade and is now amongst the best second-tier producers in Burgundy, with some of its bottlings reaching into that storied upper tier

2014

Dec
21

My Top 10 Wine Experiences of 2014

I sometimes pause reflecting that I have been writing this wine blog for seven years between 2-5 times per week. It’s a fair amount of time to commit to a

Dec
20

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: San Felice Il Grigio Gran Selezione 2010

Chianti is a land of large producers. Outside of the Classico zone, wines are made in large quantities and mediocre to poor quality. Understandably serious wine drinkers often avoid the

Dec
17

Garage Wine Co. Lot #36 Cabernet Franc Maipo Alto 2011

Chile. I last wrote about Chilean wine nearly five years ago. You might infer from this that I see little merit in Chilean wine, and I would admit this is true,

Dec
15

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Bossi Riserva Berardo 2007

Discussion of the fine wines of Tuscany has been dominated by two categories: super-tuscans and Brunello di Montalcino. The Bordeaux blends of Maremma satisfy those seeking super-prestige bottlings and very

Dec
13

Donelan Family Wines Cuvée Christine Syrah 2011

Donelan is the project of Pax Mahle’s former partner Joe Donelan. After their split in 2008/2009 several of the warmer vineyard sites travelled with Joe over to the Donelan label.

Dec
10

Ridge Lytton Springs 2011

For me, Ridge is home. It is the essence of what California should be, happy to put its faith in the material and the weather. Happy to be understated. Happy

bc liquor

Dec
6

An Analysis of British Columbia’s New Pricing Policy

On November 19, 2014 the Government of British Columbia announced a new pricing model for liquor that is to become effective on April 1, 2015. The Government’s claim is that