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Whine: Not My Week for Wine

Whine: The Gamble I have become a huge fan of Chateauneuf-du-Pape white wine. It hurts the wallet real bad as an everyday wine, but it makes a perfect celebration wine. They are incredibly delicious and perfect for my palate and wine style. So when the opportunity arose to purchase and drink a vintage 1999 bottle, I had to jump on it. The price was only about 20% higher which made it an easy yes, but that also meant that this wine might have come from a collector or an estate sale leaving its care once initially sold in question. I was working…

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Obscure Wine, Surprising Wine – Updated!

I do hate to admit it, but I am lusting for an obscure wine. To satisfy my craving, I joined the Paris Wine Club.  I found this club when refining my search looking for that La Galoche Beaujolais Blanc back in May.  That search turned me on to so many great wine opportunities connecting me with McCarus Beverage Co. here in Charleston and Paris Wine Company in Northern California.  In addition to being an importer and distributor, Paris Wine Company has a club that features small winemakers throughout France that produce lower volume, classic French wines that do not usually see the light of…

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Alsace to South Africa

Different Wines, Distant Lands, Different Palates Alsace to South Africa It’s HOT! Hardly a cloud in the sky and 91 but feels like 96.  Crap, I think summer is here to stay until October.  As much as I want to drink red, I am going to at least have to wait until the sun goes down.  Or I could just set the thermostat on 65, put on a sweater and be good to go!  But I did not do that.  Instead, I picked up this Alsace Blanc for Gary and me, hoping Gary would like it as much as I suspected…

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Pink Bubbles from Mas de Daumas Gassac

In the summer of 2015, Gary and I met up with our with friends Bryan & Craig to spend ten days in France.  We spent a week in the Provence area using Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (a bedroom community next to Avignon) as our home base while exploring the south of France and then back up north for three days in Paris before heading home.  On this trip, we pre-arranged two winery tours whose wines we drink on a regular basis.  This post involves one wine from one of the wineries we visited that summer. Mas de Daumas Gassac At Mas de Daumas Gassac located…

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Two Rhone and a Languedoc-Roussillon: Red Wines from Southern France

While most vinophiles will gravitate to Bordeaux and Burgundy regions of France for the high priced and highly recognized wines from those regions.  I seem to be more focused on the three regions on or near the Mediterranean coast: Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and Côte due Rhone.  These wines are much more approachable as well as affordable yet full of complexity. Getting into French wine can be difficult for some as it is not as straightforward as our American wines. As I have mentioned before most French wines are blended with at least two varietals of grapes from the same region or…

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French Wine… Why can’t I find a “merlot”?

French versus American wine bottle labeling Today I thought I would share some information about wine labels.  Specifically the differences for French wine versus American wine (and most other regions).  I know many people who shy away from French wines because they are unfamiliar and when they search for something recognizable they strike out.  To fix that the first obstacle is understanding the labels on the bottle.  So let’s break this down first before we go any deeper. The American Label In the US the winery name is usually the most prominent on the label.  Then the grape varietal used…

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