Archive

Giovanni Almondo; accessible Nebbiolo
Introducing Italy's Roero DOCG and the family-run Almondo producer in particular. Two uniquely accessible Nebbiolo's are thoroughly confronted. July 2011.


Boutari Xinomavro
A close look at this Greek producers treasured grape and their flagship Grande Reserve bottle. July 2011.


An Earthy Taste of Sonoma Coast
A brief overview of California's AVA system singling out two amazing earth-rich styles of pinot noir from the coastline of Sonoma County; Schug and Sebastiani. July 2011.


Marlborough Pinot Noir 
Examines two very different pinot's both representative of the region; Wairau River and Spy Valley. Overviews the region's soil/climate and its relation to Central Otaga. Aug 2011.


Gruner Veltliner; Austria's Principle White
A brief introduction to Austria's most planted varietal. Two very different 2009 wines are discussed; one fresh with lively nuances, the other darkened by a tint of exotic secondaries. Sep 2011.


Tinta Barocca in Africaans
A look at a unique South African red wine from the renowned producer Allesverloren. Oct 2011.


Lagrien of Alto Adige
Looking at an under-known grape from northern Italy. Notes and comparison of two varietal bottles from this region. Dark, fruity, and spicy red wines. Oct 2011.


Morgon; Dangerous Darling of Beaujolais
A brief introduction to Gamay and Morgon, and a look at two oppositely styled wines from the region; a 2010 Lapierre and an 05 Louis Jadot. Nov 2011.


Random Rhône and Cosmic White Complexities
A fun, descriptive entry regarding two whites of amazing character, a Californian Viognier and a straight Roussanne from Rhône. Nov 2011.


Pheasants's Tears and Amber Wine
The oldest wines in the world... or at least the same techniques. These famed Georgian wines are perhaps the most peculiar around. Two red and two whites. Dec 2011.


Negroamaro of Pulgia
Exploring this South-Italian black grape with four, very different examples. These rich reds  offer hearty dark fruits, spice, earth, and value. Dec 2011.


Domaine de Brau in a Modern South France
The unusual Fer grape is introduced and tasted along side a jammy Pinot Noir from this new age producer in Languedoc. Jan 2012. 


Marsanne Marsanne; Continents Apart
Introducing the grape and a first hand account of two new-world renditions of this French classic. Mar 2012.


Rabl Rabl; A Saint and His Son
A wild pair of Austrian reds related by brand, style, and genetics. Apr 2012.


Langhe Nebbiolo
Defining this DOC and drinking renditions from Aurelia Settimo, Giovanni Almondo, and Vietti. Aug 2012.