USA, California, Paso Robles: Spotlight on Epoch Estate Wines

Quality continues on an upward trajectory at Epoch Estate Wines, where longtime winemaker Jordan Fiorentini crafts Rhône-based white and red blends....

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Reviewers’ Favorites 2021: Joe Czerwinski

It was difficult to narrow down my list of favorites to just five wines, and while I’ve taken availability into account when choosing them, don’t be discouraged if you can’t...

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France, Northern Rhône: Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!

My focus in this report is on bottled wines, mostly from the excellent 2018 vintage. Let the good times roll!...

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France, Southern Rhône: Noteworthy New Releases

This short report is highlighted by reviews of two producers from Gigondas: Domaine Saint Damien and Domaine des Bosquets....

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2020 Wine Discoveries: Joe Czerwinski – Balancing the Voyage of Discovery

While benchmark wines are exciting to taste for their sheer quality, there’s another kind of vinous thrill to discovering new producers, wines and regions....

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USA, Washington State: Christophe Baron – Rhône in the Stones of Walla Walla

This report focuses on Christophe Baron, who makes some of the most recognizable and sought-after wines currently coming out of Washington State....

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France, Southern Rhône: The Great 2016s (Part One – Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas)

While it’s generally accepted—particularly in red wines—that low yields translate into higher quality, there are always exceptions. How those low yields were arrived at may make more difference than we...

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Top-Rated 2015s from the Southern Rhône

Here are the top-rated 2015s from my most recent Southern Rhône report in Issue 228, listed by appellation....

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Top-Rated 2014s from the Southern Rhône

Here are the top-rated 2014s from my most recent Southern Rhône report in Issue 228, listed by appellation....

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France, Southern Rhône Valley: Part Two - The 2014s and 2015s

I published Part One of the Southern Rhône notes in Issue 227, with the focus on Châteauneuf du Pape Producers. Part Two steps outside Châteauneuf du Pape and includes all...

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