GARY FARRELL | Wine Reviews – New Releases: Sept. 2017

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Reviews of new wines from Gary Farrell, released in Summer 2017:      A truly superb batch of wines from this stalwart Russian River Valley winery that’s clearly on a roll makes us excited about what the 2015 vintage in northern California will bring. Exceptional balance, fruit quality and depth of expression—and,... Read more →

APERTURE | Wine Reviews – New Releases: Sept. 2017

$40 - $60$60 +Alexander ValleyCabernet SauvignonFeaturedRed BlendSonomaWine Tastings
It’s been a seriously good streak of momentum and mojo for Alexander Valley-based winemaker Jesse Katz since the last time we caught up. Let’s see… his wines are now on the menu at Napa’s The French Laundry, Healdsburg’s Single Thread, and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Spago Singapore… was recently featured in the Bay Area’s The... Read more →

FORCE MAJEURE | Reviews of Current Wine Releases: 2014 Vintage

$40 - $60$60 +Bordeaux BlendCabernet SauvignonFeaturedPREMIUMRhone BlendWashingtonWine Tastings
The estate vineyard of Force Majeure winery is located in Washington State’s Red Mountain winegrowing region. The majority of Washington wine production comes out of the southeast end of the state—over the Cascade mountains and far from that booming city called Seattle where a few of the most well-known tech billionaires live.  Vineyards... Read more →

Great Beer: Urban South Modillion IPA

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This review, in Skaggsian sonnet, as inspired by Willy Shakespeare:   "Sonnet 10, Double dry-hopped IPA—thee sly beast!" Double-dry hopped IPA—thee sly beast! Praised, scorned; IKEA of yon brewer’s world. Opaque orange, hazy tendrils, brewer’s yeast; Rind of grapefruit, herbs de Provence, yon swirled— In... Read more →

Great Beer: Wayward Owl The Grind

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Originalist interpretation of Bavaria’s Reinheitsgebot, the beer ‘Purity Law’ instituted 501 years ago, would dictate that nothing should be in your beer outside of water, barley, and hops. Pragmatist interpretation of this law, enacted in the late Middle Ages possibly to benefit Bavarian bakers, might argue that a non-Reinheitsgebot... Read more →

FROM THE CELLAR | Great Wine: 2004 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

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With effulgent notes of red cherry, rose tea and peppery spice, one of my personal favorites of all Italian wine shines through with its brilliance of structure, acidity and silkiness on the palate. Luciano Sandrone is one of the undisputed modern masters of Barolo wine, and the SANDRONE Le Vigne Barolo is a blend of Nebbiolo grapes sourced... Read more →