Category Archives: B+

2009 Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica

There’s a ton of perfectly fine sub $10 bottles of red Spanish wine in the world right now, much of it with the kind of high professional scores that help sell bottles. This is one of the better ones. Relatively … Continue reading

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Bila-Haut 2012 Rose

All of the Chapoutier Bila-Haut wines seems to offer a ton of bang for the buck, and this rose is no exception. I have a high tolerance for mediocre roses, but I feel like I’ve had more than usual this … Continue reading

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2009 Okanogan Gewurtztraminer

You don’t see a lot of domestic gewurtztraminer. To the degree you do see it, it’s probably either Fetzer or Hogue. And while both those mass market bottles are not bad at all, this Washington state product is the best … Continue reading

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Tissot Cremant de Jura Rose

Champagne is expensive, and cavas are cheap but mostly only fleetingly interesting. For middle-ground, you should look to various French sparklers, and specifically, this one. This sparkling rose from the tiny Jura region is simply the best non-Champagne French sparkler … Continue reading

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Finger Lakes Rieslings: Forge and Konstantin Frank

We drank two Finger Lakes rieslings this week. One, a 2010 semi-dry from the large and venerable Konstantin Frank, and the second a dry, 2011 from the hot newcomer Forge Cellars. Both were impressive, and sterling examples of different styles … Continue reading

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Domaine Labbe 2011 Abymes

No one drinks enough jacquere, the light, crisp and fruity white grape from the Savoie region of France. I’ve only had a handful of bottles, but never a clunker in the bunch. This incredibly light, 11.5% alcohol white is almost … Continue reading

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2008 Anam Cara ‘Nicholas Estate’ Pinot Noir

This is very nice Oregon pinot. We visited this tasting room in Newberg last year, and had a nice time talking with the owner and enjoying the various bottles of excellent wine. This bottle, at just under $30, was a … Continue reading

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