Poe

Mar
14

Poe Mendocino ‘Manchester Ridge Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2012

Mendocino County is increasingly the home of some exciting, elegant California Pinot Noir. Anthill makes a wonderful couple of wines from the Anderson Valley, but this Poe ‘Manchester Ridge’ is

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Mar
8

Rocca delle Macie at Cioppino’s: Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015

Dinner at Cioppino’s is inevitably a highlight event at every wine festival. This year’s Rocca della Macie dinner was perhaps the best dinner I’ve been to at the wine festival

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Mar
7

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello Vicchiomaggio Vigna La Prima Gran Selezione 2010

Castello Vicchiomaggio seems as much tourist destination as winery, with its lodgings listed in the likes of Lonely Planet and Fodors amongst others. The 15th century castle (where Leonardo da

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Mar
1

Geological Gems (Australia): Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015 Seminar

Defining Australian wine gives the lie to the country’s incredible regional, soil and climatic diversity. Attempts to unify in a single brand or message also fail to understand the true

Ochota

Feb
28

Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah 2014

Australian wine – the theme of this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival – has for many years been rediscovering its massive regional and soil diversity with numerous producers focusing on

wf1

Feb
26

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015: Tasting Room Highlights – Australia

The Thursday VIWF tasting is the opportunity to get an early look at the festival’s wines. Usually I find it difficult to find a large number of exciting wines at

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Feb
21

Anthill Farms “Tina Marie” Russian River Pinot Noir 2011

As SF Chronicle’s Jon Bonné puts it Russian River Pinot Noir is no longer a wine defined by its geography but is a “brand”. Many serious wine drinkers have now

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Feb
14

Azienda Agricola Grifalco Bosco del Falco Aglianico del Vulture 2007

As you crest the hill the dusty, rocky ground gives way to ancient, gnarled creatures that seem reticent in their sagacity, hiding amongst the overgrowth. This is what you have been

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Feb
9

Tasting The “New California”

Regular readers will be familiar with my two spotlights focusing on the white wines of the so-called “New California” movement. These wines remain difficult to find in British Columbia, and

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Feb
8

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Querciabella 2010

I commenced this spotlight with the goal of discovering the ‘terroir’ of Chianti Classico, the distinction between its various crus, and its potential to become driven by the distinctiveness of