Domaine Pierre Gonon: 2017 Vintage Report

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Last September, I visited Domaine Pierre Gonon as part of a trip through the Rhone Valley. The Gonon brothers are not flashy or hubristic, despite their acclaim. Throughout the visit, Jean made clear that their aim is to make honest, traditional wine. In fact, the first few steps into the winery, your eyes are drawn … Continue reading Domaine Pierre Gonon: 2017 Vintage Report

Paying Homage to My Personal Favorite Female Winemakers

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I have always felt that wine is an illuminating lens into the history of a place and a people. Similarly, wine is in many ways a social commentary. There is certainly class stratification within wine, whether those “in the business” actually acknowledge it or not. Within the world of wine, there are also issues of … Continue reading Paying Homage to My Personal Favorite Female Winemakers

Tasting Note: 2015 Dard et Ribo St. Joseph

Far too often, fine wine lovers obsess about aging wines and catching a wine at its absolute peak in the bell curve of satisfaction. There is hardly a science involved in finding the best window to drink a wine, and what is "best" means something different for every drinker. Quite honestly, a wine with age … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 Dard et Ribo St. Joseph

An Emerging Benchmark of Cornas

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The slopes of Cornas For the last few decades, the wines of the Northern Rhone have become some of the hottest wines to get your hands on. Most of the wineries in the region are small, family run operations that have been passed on through the generations. The syrah that is being produced, in many … Continue reading An Emerging Benchmark of Cornas