Clos Massotte – Pure Roussillon Beauties

It isn’t every day that you stumble upon great tasting, well-made, clean and stable natural wines.  In fact – and I’ll be castigated for saying this – a large amount of these wines is pretty poorly made.  Worse, too much bad natural wine is bring imported for the sake of being natural and not necessarily quality. […]

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Unboring Bordeaux

Let’s face it, Bordeaux has been boring for a long time.  The region is known for high-end, high-quality, high-cost wines that only the 1% can afford.  The other wines?  Well, there’s a flood of innocuous to downright nasty stuff being made by thousands of small domaines, all struggling since most of what they make stinks. […]

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A New Bojo in Town

If you can’t tell, I really like Beaujolais, or at least Gamay, the main red grape of the region (but grown elsewhere, as is evident with Olivier Bellanger’s gorgeously mineral Gamay from the Loire).  There’s nothing like having something that tastes like it should be a simple easy going red actually turn out to be […]

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Amphorae are Back

There are almost as many ways to make wine as there are different grape varieties, so I’ve learned to keep an open mind (and palate) when working.  I’ve tasted wines made in crazily various ways from Europe, the Middle East (Egypt!), Latin America (meteorite wine anyone?) and the Southern Hemisphere, and North America.  One thing you learn very early […]

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Old-School Pouilly-Fumé

Yes, it’s true, it still exists, but it is almost a unicorn wine.  Heck, I always thought finding a Pouilly-Fumé like the ones I grew up drinking would be impossible.  Bright fruit, vivid minerality and acidity, and no cat’s pee notes or oak.  But yes, Virginia, it does exist.  Thus we come to Guy Baudin. […]

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Meet Andrea Kihlgren

Every once in a while you meet a winemaker who’s so on the edge that he or she gets you all excited to work with their wines.  People who are so passionate that they bravely push the envelope is something that I’m constantly looking for and what I live for.  Even if these wines can be […]

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Abouriou?

I’m back from my yearly visits to the trade shows in Europe, and this year was quite the whopper.  I found a ton of new producers making really cool stuff, and natural wines, I’m happy to say, have improved dramatically.  But this isn’t about them.  This post is about a new wine that just arrived. […]

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Happy New Year 2016!

OK once again it’s been a while since I posted.  But man have we been busy.  In the business, we refer to it as OND (October/November/December), and it’s the craziest time of the year.  I’d say a good 35-45% of our sales come from these 3 months.  That’s insane, but that’s the way it is. […]

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We’ve got new Bubbles!

Anyone who knows me or who has read this blog knows I love bubbles.  I just wish I could find more that were well made and affordable!  Well, as luck had it, I stumbled on a small Champagne house that had never been imported, that made great wines, that wouldn’t break the bank, and that […]

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Christophe Ferrari

Who?  What?  Irancy?  What the heck is that, you might be asking yourself.  Well, it’s a small town and appellation just south of Chablis, in the northern part of that hallowed region, Burgundy.  It’s actually kind of cool, when you think about it (no pun intended), because the town is in a bowl that faces […]

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Natural Nebbiolo

In my continuing quest for new Italian producers, I stumbled upon a small Natural Nebbiolo and Vespolina winery in northern Piedmont.  I had not expected to find something in the area for a while, because like Burgundy it can be difficult to find good, un-imported domaines.  Both Burgundy and Piedmont are some of my favorite regions, […]

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Smokin’ Sicily

OK, bad pun, especially when you consider there is an actual volcano spewing actual super hot lava on the island.  But still, I mean come on, wines from Sicily are freakin’ smokin’.  They’re driven by lush but bright fruit and tons of minerality from all that volcanic soil and the high altitudes.  So in my […]

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