Cellar Note: Classic Rioja – 1998 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Crianza

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One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to wine hunt. I thoroughly enjoy finding cool, unique, and obscure wine shops around the world - especially when my hunting manages to reward me with old, special bottles. While on a recent trip to Madrid, I found a few awesome shops that contained … Continue reading Cellar Note: Classic Rioja – 1998 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Crianza

Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Spirited Mix of Oregon and Burgundy

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On a recent trip to the Willamette Valley, the first visit I scheduled was Domaine Nicolas-Jay. I was initially interested in tasting at Nicolas-Jay because I had heard wonderful things about the quality of the wines, but as a young winery, I haven’t seen many bottles on this side of the U.S. The winery is … Continue reading Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Spirited Mix of Oregon and Burgundy

Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

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Sometimes, you just have to be honest that a wine doesn't live up to its price tag. It's always especially deflating to remember how much one shelled out at a winery's tasting room in fees, plus the cost of the wine that you purchased during the visit. To a large degree, I feel that way … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

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

Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel

I have been fortunate enough to visit a number of wine regions in the U.S. and Europe. Those experiences were incredibly instructive and memorable, but there have been instances where I have left a winery or a region and felt disappointed. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is far more the exception than a rule … Continue reading Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel