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Apr
6

San Francisco Drinking: 20 Spot Wine Bar and Restaurant

20 Spot has won me over. The unassuming Mission canteen is now my favourite wine bar in San Francisco, beating out some stiff competition, but also capitalizing on the diminishing

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Apr
6

Idlewild “The Bird Flora & Fauna Red” 2015

The exploration of California’s alternative and forgotten finds is in full maturity. Wine lists in San Francisco’s Mission district are replete with such offerings, the best of which are delicious,

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Mar
25

Braida Bricco dell’Uccellone Barbera d’Asti 2011

Barbera has been troubled for some years. The trouble began with the success of Braida’s single vineyard bottling Bricco dell’ Uccellone in 1982, which reshaped the image of Barbera by

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Mar
24

Failla Russian River Chardonnay “Keefer Ranch” 2013

Failla’s unique style of Chardonnay highlights the merits of Concrete fermentation and ageing for the highest quality fruit. Failla is, like many new wineries these days, in love with concrete

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Mar
21

Donkey & Goat “Sluice Box” White Wine Blend 2014

Now this is an orange wine I can get behind. A gulpable blend of Roussanne, Vermentino, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul from California’s El Dorado AVA, Donkey & Goat’s Sluice

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Mar
18

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2011

There is an understandable trend away from large producers. Today’s world is filled with large corporate interests that seem to represent nothing relatable to consumers 40 and under. But in

Garzon vineyards

Mar
16

Xanadu in Uruguay: Bodega Garzon

The scope of the Bodega Garzon project in Uruguay is almost megalomaniacal. It takes a Citizen Kane like vision to start a winery by planting 200 hectares comprised of 1,200

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Mar
9

Why Natural Wine Matters

First off, naturalist ideologues need not read this article. The problem with militant natural wine advocates is ideology is inherently untrue. Truth lies in nuance and dialectic. Ideology covers over

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MakNMing

Mar
6

Mak N Ming: Destination Dining in Kits

The heart of a neighbourhood often lies in its restaurants. These are the places locals gather and deepen community ties. Trends come and go but the need and demand for

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Mar
5

Radio-Coteau Dusty Lane Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012

In the last 5 or so years the -real- Sonoma Coast has catapulted from little known underplanted region to the most fashionable region in California. Fortunately, the quality deserves the