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John Tilson

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CHANIN WINE COMPANY

  In 2011 I first tasted Chanin Wine Company wines from 2008 and 2009 as well as some barrel samples of 2010s. In September 2011, my first article on Chanin Wine Company also featured Au Bon Climat and Qupé and was entitled The Holy Trinity of Wineries (to read the article click here). Here is the introduction to […]

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GREAT DISTINCTIVE NEW WINES – RED, WHITE, AND ROSÉ

GREAT DISTINCTIVE NEW WINES – RED, WHITE, & ROSÉ Below are notes on some terrific new wines including the really extraordinary new releases from Bonny Doon Vineyard (white, red, and rosé), a great 2018 Oregon Pinot Noir from Nicholas-Jay which is one of the best Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted, and two very special […]

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JIM CLENDENEN REMEMBERED

JIM CLENDENEN Mind Behind AU BON CLIMAT     Gone too soon, Jim Clendenen, aka Mind Behind, just passed away. Jim was an iconic legend in so many ways. He founded Au Bon Climat in 1982 which was one of the very early wineries in Santa Barbara County. He began his career working at Zaca […]

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SPRING 2021 DISTINCTIVE NEW WINES FROM RIDGE AND TABLAS CREEK

  RIDGE New releases from Ridge are always a treat. Year after year Ridge produces gorgeous, balanced, food-friendly wines that can be consumed young and also can age effortlessly for years. When it comes to Ridge it is easy to get carried away. Ridge was founded in 1885 and its modern history dates back to […]

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STUPID WINE DESCRIPTIONS

For many years now I have been writing about stupid wine descriptions (to read about past years winners and links to all previous articles click here). Believe me that are a lot to choose from! So let’s take one of the newest ones from this year. Very recently I received a note on NV Charles […]

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GREAT 2018 RED BURGUNDIES FROM DOMAINE ANNE & HERVE SIGAUT

I first tasted the wines from this small domaine in 2017 when I tasted the 2015s which were really lovely (to read that article click here). And now I have tasted the 2018s which are even better. If you love Red Burgundies (and who doesn’t?) these are wines that you do not want to miss! […]

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LOVELY NEW WINES FROM DOMAINE SAUMAIZE-MICHELIN

  Background The wines of Domaine Saumaize-Michelin are made from Chardonnay and are produced in the Mâconnais subregion of Burgundy in central France. Following is the complete history of Domaine Saumaize-Michelin as composed by one of their US importers: Saumaize-Michelin was founded in 1977 when Roger Saumaize received 4 hectares of vineyards from his father. […]

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MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT IS IN WINE

The question of what is in wine and ingredient labeling is one that The Underground has covered for many years (to read an article summarizing the question of what is in wine and the need for ingredient labeling and the issue of wine fraud click here. Yet despite all the information that is available on […]

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2019 ROSÉS – PART 3

I previously published two articles on the fabulous 2019 French Rosés.  Part 1 was about the Extraordinary 2019 Rosés from Bandol.  Part 2 included several lovely Rosés available for under $10.  This article has more notes on a lot of wonderful 2019 Rosés from France as well as two lovely Austrian Rosés,  a stunning German […]

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2019 FRENCH ROSÉS – PART 2 – BARGAINS UNDER $10

This is my second article on 2019 Rosés (to read the first article on Bandol Rosés  click here). The focus here is on 2019 French Rosés that are truly great bargains. The price to quality ratio here is just about as good as it gets. These wines are a Win/Win!!  Two more articles will follow […]

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