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Alex’s Pick for January: Ataide Semedo Bairrada and Marchione Gavi

Marchione Gavi 2011 Produced in the Province of Allessandria within the Piedmont, this Gavi is classic representation of Italian white wine from Northwestern Italy. Made from 100% Cortese (a local variety of grape whose existence is reported from the 17th century), Marchione is a dry white with just enough flesh on its bones, a very “mineral” aspect with a chalky and flinty ... Read More »

Jay’s Pick for January: Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir and Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc

Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2011 Badenhorst Family Wines is located in Swartland region of Western South Africa near Capetown.  The grapes come from chenin blanc old vines grown on granite slopes in the mountains.  The 2011 vintage was left with on its lees in a concrete tank for maturation.  The result is a fuller-bodied and fruit forward wine with aromas ... Read More »

Free Tasting: Parigot & Richard Bourgogne Tradition Mousseux Rouge, Ridgeview Wine Estate Bloomsbury and Bellus Roches Soeurs Bourgogne Blanc

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Jay’s Pick for December: Pernot Belicard Meursault Village and G. D. Vajra Barolo Albe

G. D. Vajra Barolo ‘Albe’ 2007 Giuseppe Vajra produces fantastic examples of traditional Piedmont wines: Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Langhe Nebbiolo. This Barolo is made from multiple vineyard sources within the commune of Barolo itself: Fosatti, Coste de Vergne and La Volta.  The ‘Albe’ designation refers to the dawn, as the three vineyards see “separate” sunrises, as it takes about ... Read More »

William’s Pick for December: Paolo Bea San Valentino and Melville Chardonnay Verna’s Estate

Melville ChardonnayVerna’s Estate 2010 The team at Melville, father Ron and his sons Chad and Brent along with winemaker Greg Brewer, produce this Chardonnay from a vineyard in Cat Canyon, Santa Barbara County. This is one of the most engaging examples of California Chardonnay to be found anywhere near the $20.00 mark. It combines the ripe fruit and richness that ... Read More »

Milton’s Pick for December:Leo Hillinger Secco Rose and Il Nuraghe Cannonau Nero Sardo 2010

Il Nuraghe Cannonau Nero Sardo 2010 Cannonau, a variety of Grenache, is the ancestral red grape of Sardinia. It was brought by the Spanish in the thirteenth century and is now the most planted grape on the island. The climate of Sardenia creates a perfect growing condition for this sun-loving grape. The Mediterrean heat, cooling evening breezes, and granite volcanic ... Read More »

Alex’s Pick for December: Cantine Scala Ciro Rosso Classico Superiore and Seifried Winery Sauvignon Blanc

Seifried WinerySauvignon Blanc 2011 During the 90’s, Oz Clarke, a well-known British wine critic said that Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand was “arguably the best in the world”. Even if my chauvinism would slightly change these comments – I am from France, home to Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, and Bordeaux Blanc – I have to admit I have been really impressed by ... Read More »


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