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Aug
14

A Few Great Barolo and Barbaresco Bottlings

I’ve collected Barolo and Barbaresco for some years now. I have recently been reminded that they are some of the greatest wines in the world that remain affordable for me.

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Aug
3

Sandlands Sonoma County Trousseau Noir 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to remain consistent with my own personal integrity. You can blow up your life repeatedly to bring in new challenges, but

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Jul
31

Domanie Marquis d’Angerville Meursault Santenots 1er cru 2009

Here we have a Burgundian oddity. Marquis d’Angerville is one of Burgundy’s greatest producers that remain within reach. Because quality is so high and prices fair, these wines are extremely

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Jul
24

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Cantina Terlan Terlaner Bianco Classico 2014

Sadly Alto Adige remains one of the poorest represented important white wine regions in B.C. The wines can be found with greater frequency in the U.S. but are still harder

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Jul
23

Montes Alpha “M’ 2005

I virtually never drink Chilean wines. I happened to have this bottle in my cellar from many years ago – Montes’ top Bordeaux-style blend dominated by 80% Cab Sauv with

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Jul
23

Wind Gap Rana 2009

This is the best New World Grenache based wine I have had in quite some time. I prefer it because it derives pleasure from savoriness and texture. The 9% Mourvedre

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Jul
16

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Valentini Trebbiano d’ Abruzzo 2010

Valentini is one of the most important wine producers in Italy and many in North America have not heard of them. One of the reasons is that the estate has

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Jul
13

Monteraponi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2005

Vin Santo. One of the great dessert wines of the world and relegated to the back shelf with the half bottles of oddball sweet wines that no one looks at.

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Jul
10

Searching for Okanagan Terroir with Sparkle: Bella Wines

Over the last decade, from the time I began writing about wine seriously, I have been searching for the signal that the Okanagan has (1) interesting terroir, (2) the technical

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Jul
9

Jean Francois Ganevat Les Chalasses Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2011

Ganevat is one of the Jura’s most sought after producers. He also happens to make some of its greatest wines. Sadly, prices have now increased to match the demand of