Archive for the ‘Imports’ Category

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When enjoying a Glass of Wine from Provence Involves a History Lesson of the Middle Ages

When visiting a winery, to capture its heart and soul – as is my custom – it’s helpful if I know very little about it, going into the discoveries. I don’t want to rewrite anything, except actual factuals… And then, what I see it in nuances: what I feel from its aura, what touches my […]

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Italian Passeggiata ~ Still a Cultural Phenomenon and it Includes Foods and Wines

Honestly, our American culture, in this May of 2019, has so drastically changed from when I was, say, 5-years old, in Maine. This seems unreal to me, now, but I do remember the first TV that came into my home. My dad was an early adopter of electronic gadgets. We had the first TV in […]

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Wine of the Week: Georges Dubœuf Fleurie 2016 (Flower Label)

Sample: Quintessential Wines ~ Georges Dubœuf Fleurie  2016 (Flower Label) PREFACE   HEART ~ THE WINERY: This information came from an interview I had with Franck Duboeuf SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING ~ From the winery SOUL ~ Jo’s notes Photo Credit: ricochet64 ~ Chapel of Saint Pierre in Beaujolais with Mont Brouilly World Region ~ A.O.C. FLEURIE, FRANCE HEART Fleurie is […]

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A Tasting Like No Other In Cupramontana Italy ~ Well Known For Its Native Varieties

Imagine having flown into a new country, and adding that to one’s wine educational repertoire. Now imaging becoming part of a team for a week, meeting everyone for the first time. Then, all the new foods; and lastly, tasting indigenous varietal wines, mostly for the first time… You have to navigate it all, and you […]

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Le Sincette, Chiaretto DOC, Italy; Where Have you Been All of My Life?

UPDATE: Thanks to Jane Nichols, a reader of this blog, she sent an update to me, regarding La Sincette’s appellation: I was so interested in the wine you wrote about that I did a bit of research and happened to find out….the appellation of the wine is actually the Valtènesi  DOC…which (amazingly/confusedly) has been discontinued […]

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How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide ~ Second Edition

How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide ~ Second Edition by Deborah M. Gray, is an important wine book for anyone importing wine; most especially for a novice in the aspects of our wine business. I once tried to get a novice to read this book, as I was working with the neophyte. That person […]

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Thanksgiving Wines Came Early To My Home

[PHOTO: Purchased] Company samples are listed with each wine. PREFACE  HEART ~ THE WINERY: This information came from the wineries’ notes. SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING ~ From the winery. SOUL ~ Jo’s Musings The early bird arrived with all of these samples. Each one holds an important special memory, a unique time and place, flavors of wine […]

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Do You Know Verdicchio and Le Marche, Italy Are Quietly Famous?

[PHOTO: Autumn at Colonnara Viticultori] Some might even say it’s a best kept secret, but I don’t mind letting this secret out of the bag… Not to worry if you don’t know either Verdicchio or Marche. I didn’t know anything about the alluring Verdicchio grape, either, before my trip to the land where it reigns […]

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The Benedictine Monks Are Smiling ~ Their Abby is Now Chianti’s Castello di Meleto… a Wine Company

Wine Philology: Wine History I was the guest of Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Hosted by Antonia Caserta (sales manager) [PHOTO: Historical image from the Castello di Meleto website] Forget your daddy’s straw basket candle holder, dripping with memories. Castello di Meleto in the Chianti region of Tuscany has gone way upscale sophisticated and […]

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Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2017 ~ WINE OF WEEK

Sample wines provided Quintessential Wines ~ Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2017 PREFACE – PART 1 ~ WHITE WINES Wine samples come to to me as a single bottle. Some arrive in a package of two or three. On other occasions, a case (or there about) arrives. This is one of those instances. I’ll be breaking […]