Sine Qua Non Winery
John Turi - Wine, White Wine

Sine Qua Non, Resiste, 2013

Wine Rating: 96

No other collectible piece of art is appreciated by destroying it, except wine. You must open the bottle, drink and therefore, consume the actual art. Then and only then, can you experience its true beauty.

Here’s some news. Many years ago, I joined a cult and survived to tell the tale. Actually, I’m still in it. If you’re interested or if you’d like to join this particular cult, I can help. You don’t have to wear a fancy robe or shave your head. You won’t be required to don a goofy hat or partake in a blindfolded ritual. There are no songs and no secret handshakes to learn. As with most cults, however, you will be asked (or at the very least, tempted to) drain your bank account. Also, like with most cults, it’s filled with controversy, naysayers, non-believers and those who look incredulously down their noses and judge the disciples. But those of us around the world who remain devoted, admittedly cannot see the forest for the trees. You cannot talk us out of it so please, don’t even try. We are brainwashed, and we know it, and it’s not Kool-Aid we’re drinking… it’s wine.

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Kosta Browne, 2009, Gaps Crown
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Kosta Browne, Gap’s Crown, 2009

Wine Rating: 95

If over the years you’ve read my articles, then by now, you know, “I love Pinot Noir.” I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing more bottles of that beautiful grape than any other. In this piece, for the first time, I’m opening up about one of my favorite strategies on how I go about finding and purchasing some of my most desired wines. First, I start by searching wine auctions for unique bottles with very limited production runs. Then I read a handful of wine bloggers to see who they are talking about and who or what they may have discovered. There is also my Y9 Instagram. It has over 500 posts, 60% of which are bottles from some of the best pinot noir producers around, and people comment and recommend a winery I may like.

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Limoncello
Champagne & More, John Turi - Wine

Lemon Limoncello, 2017

Limoncello Rating: 98

I’m ten years old, sitting in my Grandfather’s home in Capistrano, California. The afternoon sun is sneaking through the wooden shutters. The small kitchen is mixed with natural and man-made light, giving the lemons that my grandfather is carefully peeling by hand and collecting in a ceramic bowl, a luminous yellow glow. I watch him, mesmerized, as he moves the peeler delicately around the fruit. “You must never go deeper than the white flesh. Just the skin,” he says to me, not looking up from his impeccable work. “Remember to handle the peel as little as possible,” he says, giving me a side glance and a little wink. I want to learn, and he wants me, to want to learn.

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Long Beach, Naples
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Bertani Amarone, 2006

Wine Rating: 95

The sun was rising as I sat comfortably in the captain’s chair on the quarterdeck of a 48’ Clipper sailboat named It’s Hedly. A beautiful, near-perfect bottle of Italian Amarone wine with rich raisin, spice, and plum notes, was in a decanter nestled between my legs. I glanced starboard and the lights illuminating the pool at the Long Beach Yacht Club could be seen about 600 yards away. A place that, as a kid, I treated like a second home.

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