Dec
31

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Chateau de Chorey Tante Berthe Beaune Premier Cru 2008

Moving from Auxey (the focus of the last article in this series) to Beaune means moving from niche to one of the largest production zones in Burgundy. Because of its

bestwines2013

Dec
29

The 10 Most Memorable Wine Experiences of 2013

After several years of traveling to wine regions and wine events, this year was a more domestic experience, with a few dabblings in the United States. Other than a brief

Dec
27

Sylvain Dittiere Les Beaugrands Saumur-Champigny 2010

Based on this wine, Dittiere is likely going to become one of Saumur’s top producers in a few years. Having studied with and then married into the Foucault family of

Dec
24

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2002

If there is an ideal form of Mosel Riesling, its harmony would derive from its continuity and its persistence. Continuity because its acid and sugar balance become an indistinguishable whole

redobsession

Dec
18

Wine Movie Review: Red Obsession

Few documentaries manage perspective change. This becomes even more likely with niche subjects, like wine. Red Obsession sets up the traditional expectations for a wine documentary – romance, wonder, flavour

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Dec
17

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2009

A very brief note today due to extreme busyness. Fontodi is one of the most consistent Chianti producers out there. This entry level Chianti Classico is always a great buy.

Dec
8

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Comte Armand Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru 2009

Auxey-Duresses is one of the “underachieving relative” AOCs in the Cote de Beaune. Situated between Volnay and Meursault, Auxey-Duresses is known for solid, if somewhat rustic, Pinot Noir. Much more

Dec
2

Provenza Molin CaMaiol Lugana 2012

This delicious Trebbiano is grown and made in the somewhat obscure Lugana DOC, located to the west of Verona in Lombardy, northern Italy. Provenza was founded in the 1960’s and

Dec
1

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2009

Guigal, famous for the three great “la” Cote-Roties, is of course a huge negocient as well. A modernist producer that makes wine all over the Rhone, I generally steer away

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Nov
27

Resurrecting the Seasons: The Poetry of Kaiseki Cuisine

Winter Resurrection is life from the perspective of death. A thought in the mind of Honda, a character in Mishima Yukio’s Spring Snow, set in post-Meiji Japan. We living spend

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