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In The Glass: Hay Shed Hill Pitchfork Shiraz 2017

by  |  22-01-2021

So we arrive again to Margaret River. I say “again” as I’ve been here before, writing about the Vasee Felix Cabernet Sauvignon which was simply delightful. Admittedly this wasn’t a terribly huge shock given how... more » So we arrive again to Margaret River. I say “again” as I’ve... more »

In The Glass: El Coto – Crianza 2016

by  |  09-01-2021

As has been made very clear, while we may have left 2020 behind us, 2021, the impending “Year of the Ox” on the Chinese calendar, isn’t really going to be that much different, at least... more » As has been made very clear, while we may have left 2020... more »

In The Glass: Sugrue – The Trouble with Dreams 2010

by  |  30-12-2020

Let’s just take a moment, inhale deeply and envision the spring of 2016. I don’t work at Facebook, so I don’t know where you were, but I remember very well where I was. It was... more » Let’s just take a moment, inhale deeply and envision the spring of... more »

In The Glass: Raventós i Blanc – Textures de Pedra 2016

by  |  27-11-2020

I’ve never been a tremendously big fan of blanc de noir Champagnes. Plop! goes the sound of each and every monocle in the room falling into every glass of Bollinger being sipped. But I feel... more » I’ve never been a tremendously big fan of blanc de noir Champagnes.... more »

In The Glass: Crivellé i Valls – Llàgrimes del Priorat 2018

by  |  06-11-2020

Whenever anyone asks me what judging wine is like, I tell them that it’s very hard, tiring work and they invariably laugh at me. I realize it’s impossible to imagine that swishing and smelling wine... more » Whenever anyone asks me what judging wine is like, I tell them... more »

In The Glass: Gran Bierzo Rosado 2019

by  |  14-10-2020

I’m thankfully no “wine influencer“, so I’m not terribly accustomed to my Instagram, “blowing up” but blow up it did when I posted this rosé from Bierzo last week. It was in a blind tasting... more » I’m thankfully no “wine influencer“, so I’m not terribly accustomed to my... more »

In The Glass: Jack Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

by  |  24-08-2020

My last trip to Napa Valley was for a wine writing symposium which meant staying in the valley for an entire week. For someone from San Francisco used to day trips up there, it was... more » My last trip to Napa Valley was for a wine writing symposium... more »

In The Glass: Sangenís i Vaqué – Lo Coster Blanc 2018

by  |  14-08-2020

Everyone in marketing these days is emphasizing the importance of “the story” over all else. Those of us who drink wine like to think that what really counts is in the bottle though. Thankfully, this... more » Everyone in marketing these days is emphasizing the importance of “the story”... more »

In The Glass: Domaine Cauhapé – La Canopée 2017

by  |  17-07-2020

The region of Jurançon in Southwest France has a white heart. With the principle grapes of Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng as well as smaller amounts of Lauzet, Courbu, Petit Courbu, and Camaralet de Lasseube... more » The region of Jurançon in Southwest France has a white heart. With... more »

In The Glass: Toto Marqués – Prades 950 2016

by  |  01-07-2020

There’s been a justified push to promote “terroir” insofar as it relates to wine. This French word, which means “sense of place” or more simply, “locale” is all fine and good unless it’s the case... more » There’s been a justified push to promote “terroir” insofar as it relates... more »