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Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

In typical stuck-up sommelier fashion, I’m always skeptical of big-name wineries. If a winery has gained acclaim among the masses, does it really produce high-quality wine, or has it drifted across the line into large-scale production devoid of character? Knowing the prevalence across the U.S. of Cousiño-Macul, one of the first Chilean producers embraced by American […]

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Bodegas Grant ‘La Garrocha’ Amontillado Sherry NV

Bodegas Grant ‘La Garrocha’ Amontillado Sherry NV

My first real experience with Sherry, the fortified Spanish wine beloved by British grandmas and hipster somms alike, was fittingly at Sherryfest in New York. These many iterations of Sherry were vast and varying, from light and salty to thick and syrupy. How could so much variety fall under one category? I asked a friend […]

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Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers Saumur Rouge 2016

Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers Saumur Rouge 2016

Smell is closely associated with memory, something that wine reminds us of at the most unexpected times. Sometimes, when sticking your nose in a glass as a mere formality, a wave of recognition washes over. I once blind-tasted a wine so striking that, although I couldn’t pinpoint the producer, grape, or region, I immediately recollected […]

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