Archive for the ‘France’ Category

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Wine of the Week ~ Gratien & Meyer Crémant de Loire

The Wine of the Week, from Juicy Tales, is the Gratien & Meyer Crémant de Loire. Exciting, tiny pink bubbles, from a winery that’s been making wine for over 150 years. They have heritage, they have tradition, and they have this sparkling wine, which is way too easy to enjoy! I found it to be […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2016 Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc

As we finish our summer in July, August, and early September, here is a spalshingly refreshing, white wine for those lingering pool parties and trips to the beaches… Right out of the gate, let me say this 2016 Ferraton Père & Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc just knocked me out with its gorgeous flavors. […]

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Roses to Write Home About

éé Wines of the Week Rosés, our most delicious wines for the spring and the summer season ahead, I love them… True confession: It wasn’t until I tasted Sutter Home’s White Zin that I finally got wine. Had I not been trying to love Merlots as my entry wine, I wouldn’t have needed something with […]

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A Chance Encounter Lead to One of the Biggest New Packaging Innovations in Wine ~ Locations

The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?” Locations Wines Got My Attention It went on: A strange statement, I know – but true. Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was […]

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Becoming A French or Italian Wine Scholar Has Never Been Easier

The Wine Scholar Guide program providers in California are offering the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs. Both session programs are beginning shortly. These wine courses are designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization programs, on both French and Italian wines. Look for an […]

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Bordeaux ~ Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 ~ The Red and The White of It

The Red and The White of It Last evening, with our friend Corinne, we had dinner tasting and enjoying these two very special Bordeaux wines: Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 – Blanc and Rouge. We began our food and wine tasting with humus and endives as an appetizer. We were so involved with Corinne having […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]

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Buzet you say? Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet, okay…

SANS ~ The Wine that “respects both Man and Nature” 2015 Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet This wine is a beautifully soft and delicious wine. It’s completely food friendly, a ballet on your pallet. As I read about their wine, this indicates why I found the wine to be so alluring: The grapes were harvested at […]

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Bordeaux ~ Top 10 Things I Learned From Peter M. F. Sichel ~ partie seize

While reading Peter M. F. Sichel‘s book, The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy, I learned a lot about a lot… His Chapter 29, Becoming a Bordeaux Vintner was very important to me. I’ve been inspired by Millesima, a négociant company based in Bordeaux since 1983, to learn more about Bordeaux wines. Author […]

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Bordeaux ~ An Epicenter Like No Other ~ partie quinze

Bordeaux, as an old world location, is a new world for me. I began to pay attention in earnest last September, and now September is right around the corner, again. Life is like an LP. The closer you get to the center, the quicker the revolutions. — Jo Diaz (Been saying this since my days […]