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Oct
25

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

Heaven on Earth. South Africa’s fairy-tale beauty with a view of Antarctica make the Hemel-en-Arde Valley among the world’s most awe-inspiring wine regions. Now home to some of the country’s

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Oct
17

Blending and Terroir with Bodega Catena Zapata

At Catena Zapata terroir is an ongoing science experiment. The philosophy is science-driven decision making. Statements about quality are not speculative or driven by marketing but are rather backed by

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Oct
12

Milton Vineyards and Winery ‘Libiamo’ Gewurztraminer 2014

Some grapes are so difficult to master that they become known for mediocre wine. The two most maligned these days are the low acid grapes Viognier and Gewurztraminer. The reputation

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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