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Domaine de Pallus “Les Pensées de Pallus” Chinon 2014

Domaine de Pallus “Les Pensées de Pallus” Chinon 2014

France’s Loire Valley is best known for its white wines, mainly Sauvignon Blancs and Chenin Blancs from such famous appellations as Sancerre, Vouvray, and Savennières. But this large and varied region is also worth exploring for its terroir-driven red wines, which typically have moderate levels of alcohol and often have highly attractive price tags.

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Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc 2015

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc 2015

For almost four decades, Randall Grahm has been producing wines that are, in a word, intriguing. Knowing Grahm, the founder and self-proclaimed “president-for-life” of California’s Bonny Doon Vineyard, I think he would appreciate the description. Unlike many winemakers, Grahm, for better or worse, has never been particularly focused on critics’ scores or on making what […]

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Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Usually, I’m all about complexity in wines — the various layers that make wine interesting and take it beyond just alcoholic fruit juice. How does oak aging factor in? Can you detect minerals that reflect a wine’s terroir? How about spice or floral notes? Saline or earth? The list goes on. Students of wine live […]

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Bodega Colomé Estate Malbec 2015, Salta, Argentina

Bodega Colomé Estate Malbec 2015, Salta, Argentina

To say that Malbec is Argentina’s national grape is an understatement. The variety accounts for more than one-third of the country’s red-grape production and has almost singlehandedly put Argentina on the world wine map. Malbec’s stunning success in Argentina, where it thrives in the dry, sun-drenched climate, overshadows the fact that it was brought there […]

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