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Oct
10

Bodega Noemia A Lisa 2012

Noemia has been making outstanding wine in Patagonia since 2001. They are overlooked by many sommeliers and wine geeks simply because they make Argentinian Malbec. To overlook Noemia is to

Jamsheed

Oct
6

Jamsheed Harem La Syrah 2013

The positive side-effect of Australia’s crash in wine sales was the huge drop in fruit prices that has allowed smaller producers to make great wines at very reasonable prices. This

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Sep
29

Chateau Musar White 2007

Musar is one of those wineries I have respected for years but never written about. It is one of those wineries that has been well known by wine geeks for

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Sep
28

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Cuvèe delle Vigne Niche Etna Bianco 2012

The wines of Etna have in a remarkably short time become quite well known and respected in the industry – but focus has been almost exclusively on the red wines.

Albarino

Sep
26

Two Vibrant California Whites: Palmina ‘Honea Vineyard’ Arneis 2012 and La Marea ‘Kristy Vineyard’ Albarino 2014

Since I ran my spotlight on unusual California white wines a year ago, I’ve been on the lookout for wines that fall in this category. They are increasingly exciting and

Elyse

Sep
14

Elyse L’Ingenue Naggiar Vineyard White Blend 2010

Made with fruit from the Sierra Hills, this Rhone inspired white blend from Elyse fits well within the new breed of surprising, atypical wines from California. Much easier to peg

Fontodi

Sep
6

Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

So forget about Gran Selezione for a moment. The single vineyard Vigna del Sorbo from Fontodi hasn’t changed with that classification but it has consistently been one of the greatest

Barton

Sep
5

Of Stump Years and Spaniards or Bordeaux for Regular Folk

Much like Vancouver Real Estate, Bordeaux has been priced out of reach for regular non-wealthy folk. Chinese millionaires are gobbling up ‘culture’ through ‘luxury’ with the appetite of millions of

LVP

Aug
30

Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah 2011

Le Vieux Pin is one of the few wineries in the Okanagan that has been willing to completely reinvent themselves to pursue truly great (and not just decent) wine in

Carlisle

Aug
21

Two Examples of Sonoma’s Heritage Compagni Portis Vineyard: Carlisle v. Arnot-Roberts

Heritage Vineyards are the source of some of California’s most distinctive wines. Most of these old vineyards, however, are planted with red grape vines. This makes the Compagni Portis vineyard,