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Category: White wine

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc: A Love Affair

Before June 2015, I drank red wine.  A few months prior I experienced French rosés and began to drink those as well. But my “go to” wine was still a red; either a Malbec, a Pinot Noir, Syrah or Petite Syrah.  Then there was that monumental trip to wine country in Southern France. Forgive me for bringing it up again, but it was in Chateauneuf-du-Pape that I learned that I enjoy white wine.  Yes, as that story goes, the kind woman pouring samples at Famille Quiot started pouring white wine into my tasting glass, I stopped her and announced that I did…

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Tarragon & The Dinner for Eight

* Saturday Dinner Club * It is my turn to host a wonderful group of friends for dinner.  We each take a turn at making a scratch dinner served along with lots of wine.  On Friday morning, I still did not know what I was going to make. But that is typical for me as I need to mash around ideas in my head for several days to then give me direction.  Then I peruse my recipes to see what is close to what I have been pondering.  I decided the main course to be Deconstructed Tarragon Chicken Pot Pie…

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South Africa Hit to Sonoma County Miss – Updated

The rains on the coast have been torrential and constant these last days.  So when friends from Florida showed up as they were passing through, they added some sunshine to this dreary day.  We opened a Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa that was given to us by friends recently.  It was the perfect wine to start the evening. Spier 1692 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Stellenbosch, South Africa This wine is pale yellow with flashes of green when it hits the light.  My first sip is a bit bitter and astringent, but I followed my own advice and waited a few minutes…

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Question & Answer: On Life, Liberty and Wine

Actually, I am only answering questions about wine.  I will leave life and liberty to someone else. Question 1.  What is terroir and how do you say it? Answer: First, it is pronounced {terr-wah}.   Terroir the French word used to describe the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.  Because all plants gather their nutrition through the ground, the water, and the sun, these elements all play a significant role in creating flavor in grapes that are unique to that location.  Looking at the ground in the images below you…

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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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White Bordeaux & Rosé Languedoc

The temperatures are heating up here in Charleston which makes it harder and harder to drink red wines.  Beaujolais and lighter Pinot Noir with a slight chill are drinkable, but nothing strikes me so instead we pulled from our white and rosé coolers to please our palates. Château Pilet White Bordeaux 2015 Gary moved this wine to the fridge yesterday.  He knew then that today we would be tasting at least one white wine and it would be this one.  I was not 100% onboard because Bordeaux to me means, heavy red wines.  I could not imagine that any white from the region would…

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Searching For Summer White Wines – Updated

It is safe to assume based on the name of my blog that my wine choices are usually red (and rosé).  It would be a safe assumption since I did not drink any white wine at all until the summer of 2015.  Before that point, I always said that I did not “like” white wine.  What I was so astutely informed was, I just had not found any white wines that I liked yet.  The distinction, of course, is the “yet.”  Since that time I have found a white wine profile that I do like, and now I am in search for those…

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