Jan
19

Pax Obsidian Syrah 2006

Pax’s last vintage before starting Wind Gap, the Obsidian Syrah, made from grapes grown in Knight’s Valley in Sonoma, was always known to be the bruiser offering from Pax and

CoteRotie0

Jan
12

Animal Silk: The Pleasures of Cote-Rotie

The qualities of great wine may find general agreement amongst experts, but the pleasures of great wine are protean. Consensus on balance, complexity, typicity, age-worthiness and elegance can only take

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Jan
10

Champagne Day: Le Brun Servenay Vieille Vignes Brut 2003

Le Brun Servenay is one of my favourite grower producers in Champagne. Their vintage Champagnes in particular offer incredible value for the money and are always full of depth and

Jan
4

Jean Bourdy Chateau-Chalon 1990

Some of the oldest and longest lived wine in the world is from the Jura in the form of vin jaune, which competes with sherry for the title of world’s

Jan
3

Alban Estate Patrina Syrah 2010

California Syrah is very much out of fashion. This is particularly true of the rich, highly extracted style of Syrah that many wine geeks now decry as ‘Parkerized’. These criticisms

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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