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Feb
16

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 – Seminar: Tales of Next World Wines

A seminar sampling the top wines from several of the most interesting producers attending the festival this year revealed some excellent wines. A particular standout for me was Bodega Garzon,

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Feb
15

Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2012

Rhys is one of the best wineries in the United States. Ergo Rhys makes some of the best wines in the world. Alesia is the Rhys second label, made with

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Feb
13

Paolo Bea Pagliaro Montefalco Sagrantino 2008

It has been some time since I have reviewed a wine from Paolo Bea. This does not align with the frequency with which I drink them. I have been drinking

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Feb
10

Weingut Heinrich Pannobile 2013

Austrian red wine is sadly consumed almost entirely in Austria. The country makes compelling reds with a style and character that well suits modern tastes. The local Vancouver restaurant Bauhaus

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Feb
7

Bernard Gripa Saint Joseph Blanc 2013

I have a soft spot for Northern Rhone whites. The top examples of Marsanne and Roussanne from Saint Joseph and Hermitage offer a combination of texture, medium acidity, concentration and

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Feb
1

The Best Wine Programs in Vancouver

I have been involved in some debates about the ‘best’ wine program (not wine list) in Vancouver. These judgments necessarily have some subjective element to them, but in my view

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Jan
21

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2011

While I am an avowed fan of Brunello, only a small handful of these wines make it into my personal upper echelon. Those producers that do make wines with aromatics,

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Jan
13

Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Reserve 2015

Pinot Blanc is a highly underrated grape. This is due to the sheer quantity of insipidly farmed and vinified versions of this grape that have made many associate it with

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Jan
7

Quintodecimo: Reinventing Campania

No one has made wines quite like these from Campania before. Luigi Moio founded the estate in 2001, though his family has long wine-making tradition in Campania. His vision is

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Jan
6

Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Les Terrasses du Serre Cornas 2009

Matthieu Barret is to Cornas as Jean Michel Stephan is to Cote-Rotie. These are stylish, elegant wines from biodynamically farmed Syrah vinified with minimum sulphur. The heft and animality of