USA, California, Napa Valley: Spotlight on Aubert

California has maybe half a dozen of consistently extraordinary Chardonnay producers. Mark Aubert is one of them....

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USA, Oregon: The 2018 Vintage in Willamette Valley

After a terrible year of disaster after disaster, it’s been refreshing to spend some time with the newly released 2018s from Willamette Valley....

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France, Alsace: Valentin Zusslin – Mind-blowing Pinot Noirs and More Great Wines

The Zusslins cultivate Pinot Noir on the beautiful slopes of the Bollenberg, which to me finds its greatest expression in Zusslin’s Pinot Noirs....

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Germany: All Along the Rhine, Main and Neckar Rivers – The 2017s and 2018s (Part 2)

As COVID-19 ended my travels prematurely, this report includes releases from Rheinhessen, Pfalz, Franken and Württemberg that I tasted from November to mid-March....

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France, Burgundy: The Côte d'Or's 2018 and 2017 Vintages – Part 3

Here is a third installment of notes on the 2018 and 2017 vintages from the Côte d'Or....

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France, Burgundy: The Côte d'Or's 2018 and 2017 Vintages – Part 2

This report is a second installment of notes on the 2018 and 2017 vintages in Burgundy's Côte d'Or. For my introduction to the vintage, readers are directed to the first...

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France, Burgundy: Secret Garden – The Côte Chalonnaise and Lesser-Known Villages of the Côte de Beaune

As the wines of the Côte d’Or’s most glamorous communes command seemingly ever-higher prices, there has never been a timelier moment to explore the Côte Chalonnaise and the less famous...

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