Apr
26

Bow & Arrow Medici Vineyard East Block Pinot Noir 2012

Though some major companies are now invested in Oregon, it contrasts to both California and Washington in that the wine scene is predominantly filled with small growers. Stylistically, Oregon has

Apr
24

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Anne Gros Chambolle Musigny “La Combe d’Orveau” 2005

Chambolle may be the most difficult village in Burgundy to pin down and understand. It doesn’t have the potent fruit and good value of Nuits St. Georges, the easy to

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Apr
22

The Best Kept Secret in French White Wine: An Old Alsace Dinner

While France arguably has the most prominent reputation in the world for reds, when it comes to white wines things get more complicated. No country holds a monopoly on magnificent

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Apr
21

Guccione ‘Arturo di Lanzeria’ IGT Sicilia Perricone 2008

Portland shames BC with its affordable housing, broad minded and independent food purveyors, coffee roasters, micro breweries, and lack of sales tax. It also happens to be one of the

Apr
20

Heidi Schrock Vogelsang 2009

Austrian wine is sadly absent from the BC market in any significant way. Lucky searchers will find a few producers here and there at the best specialty stores, but these

Apr
13

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 2008

Barthod’s Chambolle has an expressive urgency that distinguishes it from most other Burgundies. There is a vitality to the wines that puts presence ahead of reflection. Like the vibrant colours

Apr
9

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Philippe Pacalet Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 2009

Inspiration comes from the desire to be more. To strive, and sometimes fail, to express. I feel the drive to be more, to research better, to be more poignant, more

Apr
5

Champagne Day: Jose Dhondt Mes Vieilles Vignes Vintage 2007 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Old vines are treasured and elevated, though labelling is totally unregulated. A recent seminar at the fantastic In Pursuit of Balance event in San Francisco saw some of the state’s

Apr
2

Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009

The wines of South Africa get little attention in North America. Most of the cheaper wines we see here are not particularly interesting, made by huge producers and banking on

Mar
30

Francois Villard Saint Peray 2011

Rhone whites are a difficult category, and one which is rarely found in wine shops in North America. I imagine this has mostly to do with familiarity as the quality