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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape: My Recommendations

2010 is yet another great vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, falling on the heels of other highly acclaimed recent vintages including 2009, 2007 and 2005. Since I started cellaring wines of the Southern Rhone in the mid-90’s only the 2002 vintage has been a complete washout. Even the critically “panned” 2008 vintage has produced some delicious wines. The flavor profile of the…

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Buying Wine

Getting Started with Online Wine Auctions

So you’ve got a new affinity for Bordeaux and bought heavily of the classic vintages of 2009 and 2010. Now you just need to wait 10-20 years for the wines to mature before you open a bottle. So how do you go about finding bottles suitable for near-term consumption? One route to consider is online wine auctions. I’m not talking…

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Buying Wine, Random Musings

New to Washington Wine? Check out Sleight of Hand, Gramercy & Force Majeure

Every once in a while someone wanting to expand their wine hobby asks me: What Washington wineries should I check out? My first inclination is long-time favorites like Cayuse, Quilceda Creek or Leonetti, but the reality is your not-yet-born child is more likely to land a spot on the Cayuse mailing list than you are. Quilceda Creek and Leonetti also…

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Buying Wine, Zinfandel

What’s Your Price for Zin?

Every wine consumer seems to have a “line in the sand” price for certain varietals. For Napa Cabernet, many draw the line at $100. Top flight Pinot Noir and Syrah from California draw wide support up to the $50 price point. For Zinfandel the threshold seems much lower. That point for Zinfandel seems to be right around $40. Why is…

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Buying Wine, Sauvignon Blanc

In Defense of Sauvignon Blanc

Many wine writers and bloggers have written about the sea of ubiquitous and mediocre Sauvignon Blanc being produced in California and Washington. I am going to take a different approach and talk about some of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs. These wines can run with the big boys from the Loire and Marlborough.