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I’m not ashamed to admit it; I love Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Granted, I’m not talking about the large-scaled, overtly rich, premium wines that many producers were aiming for ten years ago when the palates of one trend-setting critic was guiding the market….

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    I have written often and passionately about the Roagna Winery. This family and what they are accomplishing is, in my opinion, the next evolutionary step in Barolo. However, nothing could have prepared me for my visit there, speaking…

There comes a time in every collector’s life that they begin to watch wineries grow from their small beginnings to become internationally renowned. That’s exactly what I was able to do with Bedrock. It started many years ago, as I…

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To the majority of wine lovers, the word “Piedmont” automatically brings to mind the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. If that wine lover is also a foodie, then maybe thoughts of white truffles may follow, and if that wine lover…

Forming a good understanding of Bordeaux isn’t that difficult from just about any location in the world. There are certainly enough books about terroir and the various Chateaux; often you’ll find entire works detailing a single estate or grouping within…

I was back on the road this June to visit Piedmont, Italy and attend the Collisioni Festival.  It’s always an amazing experience combining wine, food, music, art and literature.  However, this year’s event also provided me with a rare opportunity…

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We have all witnessed something quite unique in Priorat. Here we have a wine region that has seen not one, but two rebirths in the time that many of us have been collecting wine. What’s even more interesting is how…

Here we are, a full year after the release of 2013 Barolo, a vintage that had a slow start with collectors as the media talked about a glut of wine in the pipeline, making it sound like there would be…

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Before even digging into the producer and wines that inspired me to write the following piece, let’s get something out of the way. Salt, fat and sugar. Three things that our society has been led to believe are purely evil….

Italy’s diversity is truly a special thing. The fact is that a wine lover could lose themselves in Italian wine. I often believe that I would have done just that had it not been for my involvement in the wine…

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It all started with the 2009 vintage. As an avid reader of Antonio Galloni on Vinous, I remember it well. What was originally a 93-95 point wine in a difficult vintage had suddenly been downgraded to a “?” in January…

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    I’m thinking back to one of my first real explorations of Napa Valley, to a time when I disregarded the region for its big fruit profile. It was the early-mid 2000s, and when someone would mention Napa Valley…

I talk a lot about people, families, terroir, and tradition. I touch on these topics in nearly everything that I write, which makes sense when you consider the raw ingredients that have proven time and time again to be the…

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Gaining a worldwide understanding of wine takes decades. You start in a region that we find enjoyment in, or a connection to, that prompts you to dig deeper and explore. Over time you expand your views, often to similar regions…

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If you hadn’t already heard, terroir has transcended from the level of catch phrases used to sell wine or describe vineyards by the producers of Burgundy, to becoming a worldwide concept that is used and believed in by nearly every…

  The future of California Cabernet is a point of discussion among vintners, retailers and sommeliers. This past week a panel discussion on the past, present and what we can expect going forward was held at the Blue Farm restaurant,…

What do we really want as collectors of Barolo and Barbaresco? We like to search for that perfectly matured wine, yet when we find it and we’re faced with stocking up versus investing in the next best vintage for the…

Dr. Ulli Stein of the Mosel has yet to find a German wine law that he hasn’t been able to work around in some way shape or form, having even gone to the highest courts of Europe to do so….

I can remember the excitement I felt, thinking back to the year that led up to the release of the 2008 Barolo vintage. I had been unimpressed with what I found from the 2007s, with only a handful of wines…

The cuisine of Piedmont is as close to my heart as its wines and its people.  There is something about the complete picture that this region represents, and when you manage to capture all of those components in one instance,…

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