Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Wine Lovers are Decanting Their Way Through Life, Via a Crystal Experience ~ Era Vino Style

I love crystal. I’m a New Englander, a Mainah Yankee, and we love our china, silvah, and crystal. Today, they’re mostly just treasures from the past, with great memories for special occasions. Our kids don’t even want our “old stuff.” But, I’ll tell you who does… Our grandchildren, for any of us lucky enough to […]

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Morgon Domaine Jean Ernest Descombes ~ A Beaujolais with Vitality

Off to the Morgon region of Beaujolais, France we go… Morgon Wines: Think in adjective sizes, for a moment: delicate, moderate, and robust. Beaujolais wines, coming from specific regions, are classified in this way, due to their terroir influences. It helps to know this, if you’re wanting to purchase a Beaujolais, for a food and […]

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Thanksgiving Wine Writer: Some French Wine Places and Wines, I Celebrate You

On Facebook, someone just asked, “What are you thankful for in 2019?” One person answered, with great brevity, “life.” I thought about being so succinct, too. I just came up empty… so many words swirled inside my head. Alas, I had such a great expansion in 2019, there isn’t just one word for it, in […]

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Why Beaujolais Nouveau? ~ History Holds the Answers

[PHOTO: Denis Lapaler, winemaker for Les Vins Georges Duboeuf] Le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! Beaujolais had always made a vin de l’année, to celebrate the end of the harvest. Until World War II, it was only for local consumption. Today, it’s become a worldwide phenomenon, due to some important actions taken by the Georges Duboeuf […]

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This Thursday, lovers of Beaujolais Nouveau will once again be celebrating Beaujolais Day

This Thursday, lovers of Beaujolais Nouveau will once again be celebrating Beaujolais Day. Having enjoyed many Beaujolais wines, with most of them being at the source of many of the producers, in France, I can tell you that excitement doesn’t even begin to describe the joy I’m feeling right now. This past July, I got […]

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A Holiday Gift That Easily Goes the Extra Mile ~ NewAir 24″ Built-in Dual Zone Beer and Wine Fridge

Going into this holiday season, I’m incredibly thankful for a product I was queried about trying. It turned out to be an amazing saving grace, besides providing the ability to age our wines and chill beer and other beverages in perfect settings… From the Department of you never know… In early October, I was queried […]

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California Wine Country ~ Blinded by the Light

Living in wine country is mostly on the upside of quite happy. But, as my husband Jose has been saying lately, “there comes a time to pay the dues.” I live about six miles from Geyser Peak, in Geyserville. To look upon it, one sees God’s Country. At this point, it’s hard to think of […]

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Theme of Recreation Lives on at Château de Nervers

The theme of recreation still does live on at Château de Nervers, all while they are making world-class wines. I was touring with a media group this past July, in Odenas, Brouilly, France, as guests of owners Jean-Benoit Chabannes and his charmingly delightful wife Tiphaine de Chabannes, at their château. (SEE MAP BELOW: Odenas is […]

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Normal Winery Merger and Acquisition Market in This Last Quarter of 2019

I don’t usually report on real estate in the wine industry. I’ve just watched – for nearly 30 years – so many wineries changing hands, fading into the sunset, changing the name due to notoriety, the failings of venture capitalism, no legacy planning, etc.. It really is the game of Monopoly, with each county having […]

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2019 HARVEST AT MAISON BRUNO PAILLARD

[All images in this blog posting are the property of Bruno Paillard. Please do not copy..] If you’ve missed the latest harvest results for Champagne this year, I’m going to share it with you. Having been in France this past August, I can only imagine the struggles that they felt (extreme heat and grapes of […]