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Markus Altenburger – Red 2014

by  |  12-01-2018

Blaufränkisch and Plavac Mali were some of the first grapes I plunged into when starting to venture outside of my Californian safety net many years ago. It was however not the easiest grape for me... more » Blaufränkisch and Plavac Mali were some of the first grapes I plunged... more »

Neither “whole” nor “food”, Don Simón in a healthy place?

by  |  23-09-2017

Whole Foods Market has been in the news a great deal recently as it was purchased by Amazon. More market-driven minds than mine have picked apart this deal to no end, so there’s little reason... more » Whole Foods Market has been in the news a great deal recently... more »
Doesn't look terribly orange no?

Amber versus Orange wine

by  |  19-06-2017

This is an expanded excerpt from the new Georgian wine book Red wines in Georgia–whether aged in kvevri, barrel, tank, or what have you–are indeed some take on the color we all know as “red”... more » This is an expanded excerpt from the new Georgian wine book Red... more »

Elisabetta Foradori: Fontanasanta Nosiola 2014 & Sgarzon 2013

by  |  15-02-2017

For some time I’ve been quite intrigued to taste the wines of Elisabetta Foradori. Cast up against the Dolomites, in that most curious of Italian wine regions, Trentino-Alto Adige, Elisabetta has been making wines from... more » For some time I’ve been quite intrigued to taste the wines of... more »

Why regulating “natural wine” is a very good thing

by  |  15-12-2016 ~ 6 Comments

Recently, Suzanne Mustacich, contributing editor to Wine Spectator and author of "Thirsty Dragon" wrote a lengthy article that discusses how the French are working to define what "natural wine" is. It's a noble pursuit which... more » Recently, Suzanne Mustacich, contributing editor to Wine Spectator and author of "Thirsty... more »

When making (experiments in) wine

by  |  20-10-2016

Much like when an actor decides to record a music album, it takes a pretty arrogant wine writer to decide to make wine and even more so for a sommelier. Given that I’m both of... more » Much like when an actor decides to record a music album, it... more »
Photo by Julia Claxton

ICCWS 2016, Wow!

by  |  31-05-2016

This past Saturday marked the end of the three day event called, the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2016. That lengthy title sums up the event very well as it was three intense days focused... more » This past Saturday marked the end of the three day event called,... more »
A warehouse is beautiful once full of wine

Vins Nus, Simplesmente Vinho, & the search for a tolerable Spanish wine fair

by  |  08-03-2016

I have bitched mightily in the past about how patently horrible wine fairs are in Spain. This however is not a continuation of this series as I attended the Vins Nus fair last Sunday and... more » I have bitched mightily in the past about how patently horrible wine... more »
Their dormant vineyards in Garraf

A further taste of Alemany i Corrio

by  |  24-02-2016

In my much longer article about the “rebellious” winemakers of DO Penedès, I made but a brief mention of Irene Alemany and her winery, Alemany i Corrio. They are to a large degree, the anti-Penedès... more » In my much longer article about the “rebellious” winemakers of DO Penedès,... more »

Ronan Sayburn on “natural” wine

by  |  14-01-2016

Often people ask, “What’s the difference between a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine?” Well, one certification is about expert wine service and the other about expert wine studies. They both need to know... more » Often people ask, “What’s the difference between a Master Sommelier and a... more »