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It all started with a new book, written by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay , a real page-turner I must add, The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste. However, what captivated me most was the very final chapter on Spain. I’ve read…

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Terms such as “once in a lifetime”, “Unicorn Wines”, and “iconic”, are thrown around too loosely in my business these days. There are certain wines in this world befitting these terms, but our perceptions change over time, and the deeper…

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In my time of loving and collecting Barolo, I’ve been fortunate enough to have made close personal connections with some very special friends who share my passion. There have been many tasting groups and personalities over that time, and through…

For the longest time, you could say that I had a love-hate relationship with the Southern Rhone. Love, in that I wanted to love it. I tried very hard to. I would avidly delve into articles from The Wine Advocate…

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What does it take for a producer of Barolo to decide that it’s more important to create one great wine to please the majority of collectors, at an excellent price, versus creating six single-vineyard Cru Barolo that they could charge…

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It’s crazy to think that 2018 is coming to a close. When I sat down last year to review 2017, I remember thinking that it was a rollercoaster of a year that would be impossible to beat. However, here I…

The season is upon us, and it’s time to think about giving back to the ones we love, the people we keep close, and those who add a little happiness to our lives. I for one try to always get…

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Vega Sicilia, Pingus, and Pesquera: These are the names and style that we associate with the Ribera del Duero. In fact, it would be difficult for the average wine lover to think of anything else. Vega Sicilia alone defined what…

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There’s a new stir of life and change taking hold in Montalcino. For some time, we watched this region struggle, first with Brunello-gate in 2008, which nearly ruined their reputation when it was discovered than many of the region’s top…

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For the longest time, I didn’t understand the attraction of Bordeaux. I was one of those wine lovers who would seek that “ah-ha” moment and work to understand the appeal of Bordeaux, yet repeatedly found myself feeling unsatisfied. What’s more,…

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Being a lover of Barolo, northern Italian cuisine, and all things Piedmont led me to entering the Ordine dei Cavalieri del Tartufo e dei Vini di Alba. Yes, I am an official Truffle Knight. In all honesty, it was first…

As trends go, one which seems to have affected nearly every producer throughout Barolo is the desire to explore the terroir of Serralunga. With nearly every visit to the region, I am told over and over again, often in hushed…

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Walking in the door of Morrell Wine four years ago as an employee on my first day, I never imagined that I would one day be the driving force behind a 184-page catalog. Not just the writer, but the photographer,…

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My first trip to Burgundy was in the Spring of 2016, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Not only did I feel honored to share the experiences I shared, to meet the people I…

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Producers throughout Barolo have been very careful with their 2014s. In fact, sometimes it’s been difficult to even get a taste of the wines. After attending numerous trade shows and portfolio tastings throughout the first five months of the year,…

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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 palate 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…

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