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Dec
13

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2000

This wine taught me three lessons. Lesson 1: There is Top Tier Brunello Not Currently in B.C. While some might not be surprised that B.C. is missing representation for top

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Dec
6

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst White Wine 2010

Swartland has an unusual affinity for grapes. Reds prefer mediterranean varieties but whites succeed best with the distinctly South African blends of Chenin Blanc alongside a crazy mix of Rhone

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Dec
4

Bonny Doon Vineyard Sparkling Albarino 2010

*Full Disclosure: I received this bottle of wine as a sample* Randal Graham has been a fixture in the California wine scene for decades. Much has been written about his

somm

Nov
30

Somm: Into the Bottle – Review

Into the Bottle is a completely different type of movie from the original Somm (which I gave a very negative review). Instead of focusing on the masochistic endeavors of a bunch

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Nov
28

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst Red Wine 2012

Swartland’s old-vine material seems to permit two approaches to red wine. The first is single variety wines made mostly from Syrah, focused on expressing the unique amalgam of that grape’s

cellar direct

Nov
26

Cheap Wine for Geeks in British Columbia (and elsewhere in Canada)? Yes, Now Available via Cellar Direct

With the recent regulatory reforms in British Columbia, wine prices have crossed from ‘exceedingly high’ to ‘prohibitory’. Wine agencies are closing across the Province or they are chopping their high

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Nov
25

Wind Gap Soif 2014

Wind Gap’s newest and just released wine is a winner. Meant for chilling and gulping with a large number of friends, there is nevertheless a serious backbone to this carbonic-macerated

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Nov
22

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Mullineux Syrah 2011

Sometimes, following years of commitment, one is drawn to catalogues of past output. As I recently surveyed the many years of work I have put into this blog I realized

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Nov
21

Roccolo Grassi Amarone 2007

Newly-minted wine lovers often begin with Amarone. Its sweeter, richer profile is attractive to many North American drinkers and its recognizability make it a frequent go-to for those seeking gifts.

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Nov
15

Domaine Huet ‘Le Haut-Lieu’ Vouvray Sec 1998

I’ve written enough about Huet before that I do not need to repeat the essentials (not to mention the sheer volume of material on the web). Sometimes it is nice