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Industry Insiders Recommend 3/2014

Top picks from Top Palates

In an effort to broaden the discussion about wine I’ve been pursuing retailers to participate in what I am calling the Industry Insider’s series. It will consist of wine recommendations on great finds as well as series on specific regions or varieties. I started out planning this feature around retailers, primarily because I believe that a good retailer can be the consumer's best friend, but it seems very few retailers want the free publicity.  Call me confused when I ask you as a retailer to contribute because I believe your opinions are important and you decline to participate.  I guess many retailers just don’t seem to have much to say, or perhaps don’t want to share their ‘discoveries’. I reached out primarily to small operators, seeing as they might be the ones who would appreciate...

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A Baker's Dozen: $30 Chardonnay

Top bottlings for savvy holiday shoppers

It’s always a good time to be talking about Chardonnay, but never better than now. As we lead into the holidays many will be faced with making the daunting choice of bringing a bottle or two to din...

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The Giant Killers?

$40 Cabernet should be great, but is it?

I recently participated in a small blind tasting in which two $40 Cabernets bested some much pricier rivals. I also have just finished sampling a case of $30 Chardonnay with an eye towards the upco...

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Blind tasting: 2010 Northern Rhones

Checking up on some recent releases

Following on the heels of the much lauded 2009 vintage, the 2010 Northern Rhones are being offered all over the place, with both high scores and high prices as well. A historically small crop resul...

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2000 Barolo

Drinking my way down memory lane in preparation for Piedmont

Jun 11, 2013 at 12:00am
While getting ready to make my annual pilgrimage to Piedmont, I like to get reacquainted with some of the wines. I already have a tasting of 2008 Barolo, a vintage I have previously praised quite h... Read More »

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Carmenere: The Other Red Meat Wine

With grills firing left and right its time to take a look at Carmenere, a great wine for grilled red meat!

May 29, 2013 at 12:00am
I am a big fan of Carmenere, and really appreciate the way the fruit and savory flavors of a well done Carmenere pair with beef. Not just any beef, mind you. What comes to mind is a beautiful sirlo... Read More »

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Gruner Around the Globe

Long associated with Austria, Gruner Veltliner is attracting interest from growers around the globe. How do the wines stack up? Lets take a peek.

May 21, 2013 at 12:00am
Gruner Veltliner, arguably the original hipster wine, has grown up and become a standard in the classical pantheon of top white wines. Along the way it was revealed that in Austria, Gruner is often... Read More »

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Blind Tasting: 2009 California Cabernet

Pitting Davids against Goliaths. Who performed best in this challenging vintage?

May 20, 2013 at 12:00am
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 this in mind, I assembled a set of eight ... Read More »

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A Calistoga Classic

Belated notes from a Chateau Montelena Dinner

May 14, 2013 at 12:00am
Last year I was lucky to have suffered from an excess of riches, but my travel schedule pushed reporting on many events to the bottom of my pile. I'm only now catching up with all of my notes, so w... Read More »

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From the Cellar: Zinfandel

With Zinfandel on the brain, GDP gives us a peek at some of his cellar selections

May 9, 2013 at 12:00am
I’ve had Zinfandel on my mind as of late. From attending the ZAP Festival in January right up to my recent efforts to pair grilling recipes with Zins, they’ve been a major focus of my recent effort... Read More »

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Bedrock Vineyards

Preserving old-vine Zins and old school winemaking

May 7, 2013 at 12:00am
Bedrock, a word filled with connotation, and one well-chosen for Morgan Twain-Peterson's fledgling wine company. The son of one of California's Zinfandel heroes, Joel Peterson of Ravenswood fame, M... Read More »

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Petite Sirah

Californias darling grape is game for grilling

May 2, 2013 at 12:00am
Like Zinfandel, Petite Sirah is primarily a California wine: the Golden State’s long, sunny growing seasons are necessary to ripen Petite Sirah’s substantial tannins and reveal its rich blackberry ... Read More »

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Italian White Wines for Spring

Wines to expand your horizons, from the land of vines

Apr 30, 2013 at 12:00am
Enotria, the land of vines, was the ancient Greek name for Italy and a very appropriate one at that. Today much of Italian white wine is dominated by a handful of white wine varieties, yet it remai... Read More »

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Beringer Vineyards

Finding history, quality, and perspective in one of Napas oldestand biggestwineries.

Apr 29, 2013 at 12:00am
Those of my ilk tend to perpetuate certain notions. For example, the idea that smaller or newer is better, as if merely being either bestows some magical ability. It's a symptom of our society, wit... Read More »

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