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  • Burgundy Vintage Report 2013

    The 2013 vintage was harrowing for Burgundy. With mostly poor weather mounting worry along the Côte d’Or during the last four vintages, it’s not just...


  • Blind Tasting: 2009 California Cabernet

    Blind tasting is the great equalizer. When you taste wines blind, you learn what you actually think of a wine, as opposed to what you expect to think. With...


  • Cappellano Dinner

    There is not much new information one can write about Theobaldo Cappellano, a sometimes divisive winemaker with whom I was once fortunate to spend the better...


  • Wines Then and Now: Part 1

    I’ve been writing a fair amount of commentary lately, some of it dealing with wine prices, but only tangentially; so today I wanted to take a look at where...


  • 2008 Bordeaux

    There’s no doubt that in many markets Bordeaux is hot once again. Given the amazing media hype of the 2009 and 2010 vintages, it might be easy to forget...


  • Aged Sangivoese Tasting Notes

    I know that I am biased and that my biases are not always correct. I also know enough to not worry about things like this and just accept my new reality. If...


  • 1997 vs.1999 Sangiovese

    It was a showdown, 1997 versus 1999. We tasted four producers all from my cellar to test the vintages, see if each deserved its reputation, and if one or...


  • Sangiovese from 1997 and 1999

    Much has been written about the 1997 vintage in Tuscany, and it was hailed by many as the second coming of Tuscan wines. The hyperbole flew fast and furious,...


  • Aged Syrah Tasting Notes

    Aged Syrah is a bit of a rare beast. Not much that is ageable is made to begin with, and much of that gets drunk in its youth anyway. So what is aged Syrah...


  • 2009 Burgundy

    Burgundy wine is expensive, confusing, and more often than not considered a minefield. Right? Yes, it is expensive and it can be confusing, but it is much...


  • Top 5 2007 Barolo Wines

    Barolo is my favorite wine so I had to include a listing here of some of my favorites. 2007 was a vintage that I came down a little hard on, though my...


  • 2006 Brunello

    Brunello is back! At least that’s what many in the wine media would have you believe. As you might recall, Brunello-gate hit the wine world in 2008. People...


  • 1970 Rioja

    With so much new release Rioja tasted recently, and my ever increasing exhortations to buy these wines based on the fact that they represent great value, I...


  • 2011 Harvest

    It’s finally over, for the most part. Why is that a big deal you ask? Well, primarily because harvest is typically over several weeks ago, that's why. The...


  • How to Start a Wine Collection

    I recently tasted some older Bordeaux with a few writers and Snoothers here in New York. Some words have already been written about the evening, in part by...


  • Current Vintages of Rioja

    Rioja is a region that is blessed with fairly consistent and favorable weather, but that doesn't mean there is no vintage variation. In truth, there are both...


  • Vintage Variation

    Well, to start with, it makes life exciting for both producers, sometimes dangerously so, as well as consumers. One of the huge fallacies of the 100-point...


  • Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Vintage Guide

    2010: A year of waiting caused a lot of stress among growers. A small crop got off to a very slow start and remained a full two to three weeks behind...


  • Snooth Vintage of the Year

    It’s finally time. Wines of the Year time, that is. Well, in fact, more than Wines of the Year. For the first time, I'm picking Snooth's Winery of the...


  • Bordeaux's Great Vintages

    With all the clamor and attention some vintages get it’s a wonder that wines unfortunate enough to come from so-called off-vintages ever find a home. So,...


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