Archive for the ‘Bordeaux’ Category

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Bordeaux ~ The Aquitaine Region ~ partie huit

I’m learning about Bordeaux, a big piece of my wine puzzle that’s been missing since I began my wine journey in 1993. When one moves from a state like Maine to California, California wines just take over, especially if you make California wine your business and not a hobby. [Do you know that Maine is […]

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Bordeaux ~ Cabernet Franc, a Luscious Bordeaux Variety ~ partie sept

[Image of a Cabernet Franc leaf by Jo Diaz. All rights reserved.] Cabernet Franc is a delicious Vitis vinifera. It has luscious black fruit flavors and is the grape that gave Cabernet Sauvignon its color and body. (Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Frank are the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, if you didn’t know this already.) […]

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Bordeaux ~ Getting to the Bottom of Left and Right Bank Soils ~ partie six

Continuing from last week’s Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie six… This Earth Snapshot image is located on this Website: Sediments in the Gironde Estuary, France, and is of The Gironde Estuary, formed by the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. I left soil for last, because its a serious, geological […]

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Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie cinq

In northern California, two well known appellations exist: Napa and Sonoma. They’re separated by a mountain range, the Mayacamas. (The Mayacamas Mountain name is thought to originally means “the howl of the mountain lion.” Lions still do exist on this range, you can be sure of that. I’ve seen my own and was wowed.) Sonoma […]

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Bordeaux and the rest of us are silently weeping for Denis and May-Britt Malbec

This blog story began on Thursday, April 14, 2016. I titled it: Bordeaux, You Can Bank On It, Partie Quatre. At the time, I had no idea that this story was about to take a very sharp 180 degree turn. [Denis and May-Britt Malbec at a reception for Respite Wines in Geyserville a few years […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 Bordeaux Rose ~ partie trois

This sample came to me from Natural Merchants. I was asked if I’d taste Les Hauts de Lagarde’s 2015 Bordeaux, which is both organic and verified as NON GMO. If you don’t know me, I’ve been as organic as I can be, once – in the 60s – a “health food” store opened. It wasn’t […]

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My Story for Passion of Wine ~ Partie deux

Bordeaux Wine Grape Varieties [Cabernet Sauvignon leaf. Photo credit: Jo Diaz] It’s marvelous to hear people defend genetically modified plants as “it’s been happening in the wine world since forever.” This is a teachable moment. As I explore the world of Bordeaux this year, having received my inspiration from Millesima Cie, what I’m learning I’ll […]

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My Story for Passion of Wine ~ Partie un

Traditional, Professional, and Family ~ I Am She TRADITIONAL: My maternal grandparents were Pierre Bernier and Abbie Ouellette Bernier. My first four years of life, they only spoke French to me. I would give it a try back to them. I remember my grandmother telling me, “You have great intonation,” when I was then studying […]

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Beyond Bordeaux – Season 1 – A Travel Series with Host Patrick Cappiello

I’m really pleased that I was asked to consider giving publicity to a new travels series called Beyond Bordeaux. The LCBO Broadcast Production Group‘s series takes us beyond the obvious… the wines. When I had time to review the episodes, I was hooked. Culture, baby. If you want to know a wine region, learn the […]

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The Bordeaux Wine Experience says, “Attacks in Paris: We will never surrender”

In a message from Ronald Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, wine writer, and president of the Bordeaux Wine Experience: Cheers from Bordeaux, International solidarity after the callous attack on our Western Civilization… Bonjour Jo, It’s not going to happen. I was shocked by the callous attacks in Paris last Friday and we mourn those that were […]