bc liquor

Dec
6

An Analysis of British Columbia’s New Pricing Policy

On November 19, 2014 the Government of British Columbia announced a new pricing model for liquor that is to become effective on April 1, 2015. The Government’s claim is that

Dec
4

Champagne Day: Larmandier-Bernier Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru

Consistently in my upper echelon of Champagne producers, Larmandier-Bernier is one of those biodynamic farmers who has dialed in each element of the growing and winemaking process. These wines are

Morning at Ramos Pinto's Quinta do Bom Retiro

Nov
30

The Shackles of Fame or The Truth About Port

*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.* Portugal’s most

Nov
25

Torbreck “The Steading Blanc” Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2009

White Rhone varieties have the potential for truly outstanding wine. This potential is not restricted to the Rhone valley. Sadly these grapes remain unfairly maligned. Torbreck is a producer from

Nov
23

Nalle “Henderlong” Zinfandel 2011

Zinfandel and associated mixed black field blends are fun explorations of California terroir. One of my most enjoyable wine diversions is seeking out top bottlings from as many of these

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