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In the Glass: Domaine de Courcel – Bourgogne Rouge 2014

by  |  30-09-2019

To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a cursed passion as the prices for top wines make them far too costly to enjoy on regular occasion unless perhaps one is a... more » To love the wines of Burgundy has for some time been a... more »
Is the little man in the glass saying, "Please stop?" Undoubtedly.

A review of “SOMM 3”

by  |  15-02-2019

The gang behind the original SOMM documentary that was a sleeper hit back in 2012 (yeah, seven years ago...) have come back with yet another installment for our viewing pleasure. What's curious about all things... more » The gang behind the original SOMM documentary that was a sleeper hit... more »

Continued Mornington exploration: Crittenden Estate – Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

by  |  08-12-2018

Awhile back I’d written about an oddity that piqued my curiosity which was produced by Crittenden Estate on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. I’m not sure if that wine is a one-off, but it’s... more » Awhile back I’d written about an oddity that piqued my curiosity which... more »

The Cava cometh: Vilarnau Gran Reserva 2012

by  |  03-10-2018

The drift from summer into the cooler, breathier vectors comprising fall is made ever so obvious by the sudden rise of sparkling wine promotion. Gearing people up for the winter holidays means getting the word... more » The drift from summer into the cooler, breathier vectors comprising fall is... more »

An oasis of wine in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

by  |  01-10-2018

A brief “vacation” last year was spent zipping around Israel to see bits I hadn’t seen during my first trip in 2014. The main population centers of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are in the dead... more » A brief “vacation” last year was spent zipping around Israel to see... more »

Tasty value a go-go: Lidl Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV

by  |  25-07-2018

I don’t frequent the Lidl wine selection as much as I used to. It’s not as tight as it is in the UK and seems to have cozied up to the fact that Spaniards largely... more » I don’t frequent the Lidl wine selection as much as I used... more »

Kazakhstani Saperavi (and Pinot Noir!) – Arba Assa Valley

by  |  27-01-2018

Whenever visiting a region in the name of wine, I always try to push the public transportation option so as to reduce car congestion on country roads (ahem, Napa) and of course not worry about... more » Whenever visiting a region in the name of wine, I always try... more »

Haden Fig – Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2013

by  |  20-09-2017

If there’s one thing that’s exactly the same for me living in Spain as it was living in California, it’s the amount of wine from the Willamette Valley in Oregon that I drink which is... more » If there’s one thing that’s exactly the same for me living in... more »

Marimar Estate – Don Miguel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

by  |  30-08-2017

Marimar Estate is a Torres family venture that’s run my namesake, Marimar Torres in the gilded wine lands of California. Started in 1986, she’s built a solid winery business in the Sonoma Valley with wines... more » Marimar Estate is a Torres family venture that’s run my namesake, Marimar... more »
From the Fanagoria website

Fanagoria – Cru Lermont Pinot Noir 2015

by  |  10-08-2017

Russia and wine are not two words oft spoken in the same breath. So while judging at the Decanter Awards in April, in a seriously mixed and exotic flight, my table found themselves presented with... more » Russia and wine are not two words oft spoken in the same... more »