Youngberg Hill ‘Jordan’ Pinot Noir 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Youngberg Hill ‘Jordan’ Pinot Noir 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon

I make no apologies for the fact that I’m a lover of Burgundy. To generalize, the region’s Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays tend to have a focus and finesse defined by village-specific terroirs, subtle fruit, and moderate levels of alcohol. They are endlessly fascinating. California has a warmer climate, and so it produces more powerful, fruit-driven […]

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Campuget Costières de Nîmes ‘1753’ Syrah 2016, Rhône Valley, France

Campuget Costières de Nîmes ‘1753’ Syrah 2016, Rhône Valley, France

Of all the appellations in France’s vast Rhône Valley, Costières de Nîmes is among the more obscure and least celebrated. But the area, which is the Rhône’s southernmost appellation and borders Languedoc, offers some excellent wines and great values. One of them is from Château de Campuget, the “1753” Syrah 2016. At around $18, it […]

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Damilano Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Marghe’ 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Damilano Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Marghe’ 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Nebbiolo is one the world’s greatest grapes. It’s the pride of Piedmont, the northern Italian region that gives us the storied wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. These wines often require two things that present challenges to many wine lovers: significant money and time aging in the bottle. Fortunately, there is very good Nebbiolo that can […]

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