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In The Glass: Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018

by  |  24-06-2022

It’s not a terribly bold statement to say that blind tasting is challenging. In addition to the wealth of wines around the world and countless ways to vinify the same variety in a different manner,... more » It’s not a terribly bold statement to say that blind tasting is... more »

The state of AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2022

by  |  31-05-2022

I’d missed that view of the “Pope’s new castle” seen above. It’s striking in how it lords over the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, making for spectacular photos whether day or night. My longing for it was... more » I’d missed that view of the “Pope’s new castle” seen above. It’s... more »

Bordeaux 2021, En Primeur

by  |  18-05-2022

After three years away, the world’s wine professionals landed upon Bordeaux this spring for the (previously) annual En Primeur campaign covering the 2021 vintage. The general takeaway? Great estates made great wines. All others, take... more » After three years away, the world’s wine professionals landed upon Bordeaux this... more »

In The Glass: Sainte Croix – Celèstra 2015

by  |  12-05-2022

One evening I was rummaging about the cellar and stumbled upon this wine from Sainte Croix in the Corbières AOC of Languedoc, France. It admittedly had been there for awhile as I’d come into possession... more » One evening I was rummaging about the cellar and stumbled upon this... more »

Bopping up to Beaujolais

by  |  02-05-2022

I'm always saying that I never drink enough wines from so and so region because it's the truth. I've only one life with one liver. On top of that, where are only so many hours... more » I'm always saying that I never drink enough wines from so and... more »

The state of Faugères 2022

by  |  20-04-2022

If you’re not living in France, Faugères may not be a region that immediately comes to mind. I say this as a massive 87% of their production doesn’t ever leave the country with people very... more » If you’re not living in France, Faugères may not be a region... more »

The only pét-nat I ever loved

by  |  14-04-2022

I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka “pét-nat”. In general, most of what I’ve had would be best described as, “rude”. Short in the mouth and yes, fruity, but yet... more » I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka... more »

10 Roussillon red wines to know right now

by  |  23-11-2021

While my 2021 Roussillon report came out a few weeks ago, I’m sure there are many people still confronted with a bit of a “wha?” reaction when digging into the region. With some 450+ wineries... more » While my 2021 Roussillon report came out a few weeks ago, I’m... more »

The state of Roussillon in 2021

by  |  11-10-2021

The wine region of Roussillon has been short shrifted for some time. Usually regarded as the dangly bit after Languedoc and a hyphen, wine journalists will overlook it for the much larger Languedoc. At best,... more » The wine region of Roussillon has been short shrifted for some time.... more »
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Bourgogne’s 2021 harvest

by  |  01-10-2021

The balance for wine in 2021 has hung delicately around the world for various reasons that are simply too many to delve into. In Europe however, there’s been a lean split between north and south.... more » The balance for wine in 2021 has hung delicately around the world... more »