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Bodegas Bula, DO Montsant, Spain, 14% abv, 2012, C$22

Montsant is a DO that literally occupies a circle of land surrounding the higher ranking DOQ of Priorat in northwest Spain, just west by a few hours of Barcelona. They’ve been growing grapes there since Roman times and the names … Continue reading

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Viña Tondonia, López de Heredia, Rioja Alta, Spain, 2002, 13.5% abv, C$54

Here I sit in the Toronto Pearson International airport because I missed a flight to São Paolo.  It’s St. Patrick’s day, but I’m not drinking green beer with the rest of the traveling masses.  Instead, I’m thinking about friendship, how … Continue reading

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Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas AC, Southern Rhône Valley, France, 2006, 14.5% abv.

Gigondas (yes, you pronounce the ‘s’) is an appellation in France’s Southern Rhône Valley often referred to as the ‘little brother’ of better known Châteauneuf-du-Pape.   Its wines are known more for their power than their elegance and they are only allowed to … Continue reading

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Domaine de Ferrand, Philippe Bravay Vignobles, Châteauneuf du Pape, Orange, France, 2012, 15% abv, bottle #03458, US$54

Here’s a GSM from 5 ha of vines located in the region of La Gardiole and Cabrières near Orange, in the northern part of Châteauneuf du Pape.  The recipe on this wine is 95% Grenache with 2% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre and a … Continue reading

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Le Clos des Grillons, Les Terres Blanches, Côtes du Rhône AC, France, 2012, 14.5% abv.

This wine is produced by vigneron Nicholas Renaud who came to winemaking from teaching in 2008.  He works from 18 ha of 70-80 year old vines, 80% of which he rents. The soil of the Les Terres Blanches vineyard is … Continue reading

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Miraval, Rosé, Jolie-Pitt & Perrin, Provence AC, France, 2014, 13% abv. 19.50 GBP / C$29 ++

There’s not much about this famous Brangelina – Perrin brothers product you can’t find on the internet.  A quick search brings up a mere 27,900 links on Google.  It was named on Wine Spectator’s 100 top wines of 2013 as the … Continue reading

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Laurel, Clos i Terrasses, DOQ Priorat, Spain, 2012, 15% abv.

Do a quick Google search for ‘Daphne Glorian’ and up pops an inordinate number of results – 18,700, to be exact.  She’s a bona fide wine rockstar whose life work is synonymous with the red wines of Priorat, Spain. One of … Continue reading

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