Changing Places – Tim Atkin – Master of Wine

Last night I dreamt I went to Moulon again. Recent times have created asynchronous existence, intermittent periods of grace along a continuum of uncertainty. In wine terms, the experience has felt more like a stuck ferment than the chrysalid dormancy of a vin jaune. Travelling in dream form has been some consolation. Let me tell […]

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Tasting Challenge: Italian Primitivo | Wine Folly

When you’re tasting Italian Primitivo, it might be surprising to find out that it comes from the same grape as Zinfandel: a favorite in California. It might be even crazier to find out that both of these grapes were originally called Tribidrag in their homeland of Croatia. So what’s in a name? With today’s tasting […]

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Wine In the Time of Coronavirus, Part 46: Sea, Sun, and Sean Connery Lookalikes (Argentiera Bolgheri Recent Releases)

This edition of sipping while we SiP (shelter-in-place) due to the Covid pandemic has us enjoying highly-regarded and highly-priced selections from Bolgheri’s Argentiera. While named after the silver mines that once dotted their home turf in Maremma, this Tuscan producer is pretty much all gold-standard, with 95+ point scores from the conventional critics is being […]

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Wine Storage Pros and Cons • Wine & Sommelier

The Wine Cellar Myth Wine enthusiasts seem to agree that aging wine is the ne plus ultra of wine expertise.  But what if the whole enterprise was a folly, or worse, a marketing ploy to get consumers to invest in fancy wine accouterments and more? Maybe that’s too cynical a view. But here’s what we […]

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Pierre Peters champagne with Rodolphe Peters

One winery I wanted to be sure to visit when I was in Champagne last month was Pierre Péters. I have always tremendously enjoyed the racy wines in the US and Rodolphe Péters not only commands a lot of respect in the wine world for his Champagnes but I had heard he had a new […]

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Trump to slap tariff on French wine

The trade war gets real! As if tariffs on hundreds of billions of consumer goods made in China weren’t real enough, the latest escalation from the Trump administration has found a new target: French wine. Late yesterday, word came down that the Trump administration will impose $7.5 billion in tariffs on goods from our European […]

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