Archive for the Tag 'Chardonnay'

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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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Why is Petite Sirah still so obscure, you might wonder?

I hear this wonderment all of the time about Petite Sirah… “Why is it still so obscure?” Well, one would think that it is. What it is, though, is a best kept secret, sort of like my grandfather’s blueberry patch. As a kid, we’d go blueberry picking, high up a mountainside in Wales, Maine. Even […]

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The Charlemagne Connection, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

If I were writing my own autobiography, I might have come up with this title, The Charlemagne Connection. Direct descendant of Charlemagne, including his first born Pepin the Short Pepin born from Charlemagne’s first wife, and heir to the throne This genealogy led to Kings of Scot Which lead to the Reverend William Blackstone, who […]

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Top 10 intriguing things about France and its wines

France and its wines  I have traced myself back to Charlemagne. And, yes, so can many other people of Europe, because he had 17 children with eight of his 10 known wives (or concubines). So, where does that put me? In line also with Pippin the Short, Charles Martel, and the Kings of Scot. I […]

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Road Warrior Survival Guide ~ It’s not about anything but common courtesy

Ah… common courtesy, will we ever all be in a room together and get along completely? In light of the recent incident, when a group of rambunctious women were removed from The Wine Train, I’m relaunching this story. While it’s a very funny look at wine behaviors, beneath it is “courtesy,” as a missing ingredient […]

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Petite sirah isn’t petite, according to Michael Dresser

Having started the Petite Sirah wine advocacy group called PS I Love You, I know that I’ve read at least 95 percent of all the stories on Petite Sirah, since 2002. They’ve even been listed on the PSILY site in the Reviews section, dates all included with the authors and their views. Oh, the spellings, […]

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Around the Wine World in Eight Days – New Zealand

Today is the eighth day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days, so today is New Zealand. It’s also a lovely ending to a massive project that I decided to undertake. I’ve come to think of it as a self-inflicted education, due to the massiveness of it all. The most significant part of this […]

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Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Chile

Today is the second day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days, so today is Chile! Turkey – Tuesday Chile – Wednesday Argentina – Thursday France – Friday And we’re taking off the weekend, sightseeing in France Spain – Monday Germany – Tuesday Australia – Wednesday New Zealand – Thursday   Top 10 Things […]

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Sunday Sojourn ~ The Man Who Cried + A Wine Journey

Any wonderful story deserves equally wonderful wines, and so I got to work…

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Children in wine country… get over it

Children in wine country? Yeah… get over it, those of you who don’t think that children should be here. I was just reminded of this, last weekend at the Bacigalupi 50th Anniversary celebration of the Judgment of Paris decision… Bacigalupi’s grapes were a portion of the Number One chosen wine from Chateau Montelena… Yeah, Sonoma […]