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

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Mar
29

The Science and Merits of Aging Beer: A Dark Lord Vertical

It is wine, not beer, that garners the attention and prestige of oldness. Wine cellars are the apex of a wine lover’s hobby, containing one’s personal expression and history. Opening

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Mar
25

Bodegas Valduero Garcia Viadero Bianco de Albillo 2012

While much attention is given to the value of Spanish red wine, far less ink is spilled over the whites. That’s a shame as in my opinion, Spain makes some

Mar
22

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Daniel Rion Vosne Romanée Premier Cru Les Beaux-Monts 2009

A Village like Vosne demands at least three spaces in this spotlight. The last of those three goes to a wine that reminds me of California. This is not an

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Mar
16

That’s Life Gourmet – Spring 2014 Portfolio Tasting

That’s Life is one of BC’s most interesting import agents with a portfolio of some of the top producers in France, with an increasingly exciting and extensive Burgundy selection. I

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Mar
15

Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

The rich, ripe Napa Cabernet has fallen out of fashion with many wine geeks and top sommeliers. Exemplified by the publication of books such as SF Chronicle wine critic Jon