Nov
22

Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Pignan Reserve 2009

So much experience is jagged. At war with itself, our perception struggles desperately to contain the torrent of time. Entropy overbears the minutiae of being. We carve an image of

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Nov
16

From Glory to Maybe: Is Hermitage Still Relevant?

There is a bias in wine that singular expression derives from locating the most discrete source of the highest quality. The obsession with single vineyard bottlings is dominant in the

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Nov
14

Matthiasson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The malignancy that “Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon” bears with it to most sommeliers these days is a perceived lack of affinity with food. Oftentimes this is a valid perception, with

Nov
11

Andrea Calek “Babiole” 2012

This wine makes a clear statement that it matters. It is made as an antidote to the line of Northern Rhone reds that are made in an international style and

Nov
1

Domaine Jo Pithon “Les Pépinières” Anjou 2005

Sadly, Domaine Jo Pithon no longer exists. The reason is best explained through the unusual parallel between Domaine Jo Pithon and Domaine Huet. Both are top Loire Valley wineries with

Oct
29

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Arbe Garbe White Blend 2012

My final entry in this spotlight was long delayed due to my trip to Portugal, but the wait was worth it. Arbe Garbe’s Friulian-style blend is one of the best

The Douro River

Oct
27

Inventing The Possible: Considering the Dry Wines of the Douro Valley

*The content of this article is based on a sponsored trip to Porto and the Douro valley paid for by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto.* From a

Oct
12

Two Elysian Pumpkin Beers

I will have some articles coming soon on Portugal where I am visiting Porto and the Douro valley. In the meantime, enjoy this very quick note on two excellent seasonal

Oct
4

Podere Il Carnasciale “Carnasciale” 2010

The super-Tuscan was once a much ballyhooed beast. The most famous wines still command very high prices of $150-$300 a bottle (see Solaia, Ornelleia, Sassicaia). The success of these wines

Oct
1

Graham’s Vintage Port 1983

Soon I will be off to Portugal for a sponsored press trip exploring Porto and the Douro Valley. Portugal is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world