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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

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Feb
5

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

No Chianti Classico profile is complete without mention of the famous Barone Ricasoli, inventor of modern Chianti. I won’t go into the story, as it has been told many times

Feb
1

Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir 2012

The bedrock and boulders of Antica Terra are as odd as the vines, which unlike most old-vines are skinny and fragile, and the seedless berries they birth. The beautiful hand-drawn

Jan
27

Scarpa Barbaresco Tettineive 1999

Scarpa is one of those very classic producers, like Borgogno and Lopez de Heredia, that has huge stocks of old wine they are happy to release to consumers at very

Jan
24

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2011

Owner Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi is cousin to the famous Francesco Ricasoli at Castello di Brolio. He broke with his cousin due to differences in opinion about production style. Rocca di Montegrossi,

Jan
21

Villa Bucci Riserva 2009

There is so much tension at the edge of something, sometimes pushing ourselves into new scenarios can be more anxious than exciting. There is a stereotype that challenge is ‘good’.

Jan
17

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: San Fabiano Calcinaia Cellole Gran Selezione 2010

An important part of Chianti Classico’s rise to quality beginning in the 1980’s was the increasing use of consultants. Consultants carry mixed connotations for many in the industry. For some

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Jan
11

Testing the Legend: The Chablis of Vincent Dauvissat and François Raveneau

Very few domains achieve ‘legend’ status, and even fewer drinkers actually get to experience wines from these estates. DRC, Leroy, Rayas, Soldera, Conterno’s Monfortino, Pingus, JL Chave, Egon Muller –

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Jan
7

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011

White southern Rhone wines rarely get written up, and even less so white Chateauneuf. Vieux Telegraphe is of course famous for their red La Crau, but I think this white