Feb
16

Wind Gap Blaufrankisch Ritchie Creek Vineyard Spring Mountain Napa Valley 2012

One of the benefits of living relatively close to the U.S. is, with a little effort, the ability to access some of the state’s exciting wines generally only available on

Feb
15

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Robert Chevillon Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru “Les Saint Georges” 2007

The king of Nuits Saint Georges is the vineyard that gave the village its name: Les Saint Georges. Wines from this premier cru stand well above the other premier crus

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Feb
9

Tuscan Tussle: A Brunello v. Super Tuscan Dinner

Hosting a few friends over Italian wine and food the other night led me to ponder life’s virtues: conviviality, expression, pleasure, empathy, debate. These are also the virtues of great

Feb
7

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges “Clos des Porrets St-Georges” Premier Cru 2009

My perhaps overly ambitious spotlight on Burgundy has been running for many months and it is only now that I transition from the Cote de Beaune to the real heartland

Feb
2

Occhipinti SP68 Bianco Terre Siciliane 2012

While you will find the SP68 red in Vancouver, I had to travel to Seattle to find this white at Matt Dillon’s new restaurant Bar Sajor (superb). This is remarkable

Feb
1

Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Morey Blanc Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2002

Aloxe-Corton belongs to a cluster of the most northerly villages in the Cote de Beaune (the others being Pernand and Ladoix), and sits nestled below the southern slopes of Corton

Jan
27

Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 (aged at winery for 10 years)

I have just returned from a weekend trip to Arizona, certainly one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. and home to some of the world’s greatest scenery. The

Jan
19

Pax Obsidian Syrah 2006

Pax’s last vintage before starting Wind Gap, the Obsidian Syrah, made from grapes grown in Knight’s Valley in Sonoma, was always known to be the bruiser offering from Pax and

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Jan
12

Animal Silk: The Pleasures of Cote-Rotie

The qualities of great wine may find general agreement amongst experts, but the pleasures of great wine are protean. Consensus on balance, complexity, typicity, age-worthiness and elegance can only take

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Jan
10

Champagne Day: Le Brun Servenay Vieille Vignes Brut 2003

Le Brun Servenay is one of my favourite grower producers in Champagne. Their vintage Champagnes in particular offer incredible value for the money and are always full of depth and