Aug
30

Loredan Gasparini Capo di Stato Colli Trevigiani Rosso IGT 2007

Before the Super Tuscans there was Capo di Stato from the Veneto, one of the first Bordeaux blends made in Italy that gained international attention. Founded in the 1950’s by

Aug
25

Bodega Noemia J. Alberto 2012

I haven’t had an Argentinian wine in at least two years. The country has fallen off my map for lack of truly distinctive, site driven wine. Indeed, Argentina and Chile

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Aug
23

Reflections on Australian Wine

The traditional story with Australian wine’s collapse in North America is the disastrous feedback loop of consumer expectations and lack of winemaking integrity. The Australian wines that gobbled huge market

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Aug
19

Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca 2012

Italy is the greatest source in the world for high quality, characterful wines made from indigenous grapes. Portugal is in a solid second place, but Italy has a big head

Aug
17

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Kongsgaard Napa Valley 2002

I’m starting to feel that the title of this spotlight was misconceived. Focusing on “the new” suggests California wine has restarted, carte blanche, from its era of high ripeness and

Aug
13

Paolo Bea San Valentino Montefalco Rosso 2005

Paolo Bea was one of my first introductions to the “natural wine” movement when I first had it about four years ago, well before any such wines were available in

Aug
9

Cheateau d’Aydie Odé d’Aydie Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec 2012

It seems like I haven’t written about really good, locally available everyday wine for a while. These are the bottles that often remain unsung but bring the simplest of pleasures,

Aug
7

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Hirsch Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012

One of the most important persons in the Sonoma Coast is David Hirsch, who purchased the land that eventually became his eponymous Sonoma Coast estate in 1978 after working in

Aug
3

Arnot Roberts Luschsinger Vineyard Rosé 2013

There is much more to the “new” California than the re-invention of Chardonnay. In my opinion Arnot-Roberts is one of the most consistent producers of the “new” California. While they

Jul
31

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Failla Fort Ross-Seaview Estate Vineyard 2012

One of the “hottest” regions for “the new” California is the amorphous Sonoma Coast AVA. The appellation extends across a massive 750 square miles and numerous microclimates such that merely