Staying Strong (More Rodney Strong Recent Releases)

Earlier (ok… much earlier) this year, I had the opportunity to hit up an in-person, sit-down tasting media dinner (the idea of which seemed almost too quaint to even contemplate during COVID) with Rodney Strong‘s Director of Communications Chris O’Gormon and head of winemaking Justin Seidenfeld. I’ve now known these guys for a long time, […]

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for October 24, 2022

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read […]

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Faith In Fakes – Tim Atkin – Master of Wine

A good friend of mine turned 80 recently. To celebrate, he invited a few of us round for dinner and opened a bottle of 1942 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Échézeaux. I don’t often get the chance to try bottles like that. Thoughts of the German occupation goose-stepped through my head as we pulled the […]

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Mistreating Wine – Tim Atkin – Master of Wine

First of all, I should apologise to Lilian Barton. All I can say is that it wasn’t altogether my fault. A friend brought a bottle of Léoville-Barton 2014 to dinner last summer, and it was mistreated. But there were mitigating circumstances, m’lud: dinner was a picnic at Glyndebourne, on one of those super-hot August evenings, […]

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The Human Tongue – Tim Atkin – Master of Wine

For close to a year, I’ve been working as the self-proclaimed Ancient World specialist in a wine shop. In the process of spitting samples into a sink with various salesmen, I’m sometimes told about overseas wineries that produce wines that are “ ideal for the American palate”. One rep even admitted that the Agiorgitiko I […]

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for September 26, 2022

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read […]

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