Archive for the ‘Imports’ Category

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Preparing for Provence Through Wines and Genealogy

I need to go to Provence, and I’m preparing for it through wines and genealogy. I can’t explain it… I just keep watching A Good Year over-and-over-and-over again. I want to go around the round-about in Bonnieux. I want to visit Château la Canorgue (Route du Pont Julien, 84480 Bonnieux). This is the winery in […]

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Decopas ~ A wine for the (Millennial) ages

Decopas is a wine dedicated to the Millennial audience, and I believe that this wine is perfectly suited to that age group; however, I love it, too. Their label tells the story perfectly, doesn’t it? (See below) The label doesn’t tell the story of the winemaker, we don’t know about the Estate Vineyards, we don’t […]

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Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

There’s a first for everything, I know. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I even think of Turkey as a county producing wines, which just shows how naive I am, even after 20+ years in the wine business, learning everything one step at a time. I guess after 20 years, I deserve to know more […]

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Italian Wine Equals Great Romance

Italian wine equals romance in my world. Why? I don’t really know, they just do. Perhaps it’s the past life I’ve had in Venice? Maybe it’s dreaming in Italian, but in my waking life I don’t understand the language, but in a dream I understood every word… So much so that it woke me out […]

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Red Wine for delicious dishes

Who doesn’t love Red Wine, when it comes to pairing deliciously full red wine with the perfect foods? Raise your hands, everyone. 2012 Trivento Amade Sur ~ 70% Malbec, 18% Bonarda, 12% Syrah ~ Mendoza, Argentina This red wine called Trivento Amado Sur is translated literally into “South Love.” About 6,214 miles away from their […]

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The global wine market is about to get a shot in its legal arm

For any of my wine law friends, I’m sharing the upcoming Wine and Spirits Law Academy at UC Davis, scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Announcing the UC Davis Wine and Spirits Law Academy Sept. 8-10, 2014 University of California, Davis, and the Napa Valley, Calif. Wine and spirits legal experts from around […]

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Italian delights

[Image is of an elderflower, from the Transition Leytonstone Website.] Once upon a time (true story) I suddenly awoke from an Italian delightful dream. The dream involved four people sitting in a circle. I was sitting on the southern end of this foursome. To my left, on the west side of this circle of people, […]

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The shocking truths behind organic wines in the United States

Once upon a time (the 1970s), in a far off land (France), the idea and practice of organic farming began to take root and shape its history. According to the Organics Institute: “The modern organic movement began at the same time as industrialized agriculture. It began in Europe around the 1920s, when a group of […]

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Organic Wines from importer Véronique Raskin

From yesterday’s post: Today’s organic wine options are superlative: The Organic Wine Company Organic Wines from importer Véronique Raskin As we tasted through the wines that Véronique Raskin presented to Sue Straight for Sue Straight (Wine Wench), Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing),  Jose and I to taste, the first wine instantly reminded me Sarah Jessica […]

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Today’s organic wine options are superlative

Jose and I, with our friends Sue Straight (Wine Wench) and Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing), recently tasted 17 imported, organic wines. It’s always insightful, when the wines are from another countries. And this time, most especially, since they were all organic. I’ve been an organic proponent since the 1960s. It just made great sense […]