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Alternative Shades of Chenin (and then some): Jean Christophe Garnier

I don’t want to drink ideas.  I don’t drink ideology.  I drink wine.  As I’ve written elsewhere, I like wines that have personality. . .  Expression. . .  Content. . .  Soul.  Wines that convey a sense of place.  (To paraphrase … Continue reading

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Châteauneuf Rouge, Round Two: The Champ Walked Away, Stunned but not Defeated

That champ would be me after tasting through yet another line-up of 21 2007, 2009 and 2010 Châteauneufs.  Most of these wines were not just flammable, they seemed downright in danger of spontaneous combustion.  I will only note three that were … Continue reading

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EVOLUTION OF AND AT THE WINE ADVOCATE

And the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time  (TS Eliot, from The Four Quartets) In many ways, this isn’t news; it’s been anticipated for so long:  The Wine Advocate’s … Continue reading

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New EU Rules on Wine Labelling

Rebecca Gibb reported the following in Decanter yesterday: “The ovo- and lactose-intolerant will have greater peace of mind following the introduction of new legislation. By Rebecca Gibb | Posted Monday, 02-Jul-2012 “Wine labels in Europe must now state whether wine … Continue reading

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IMW(NA)-VDP Tutored Tastings, Part 2

As noted in my associated post , the main theme of this tutored tasting was to demonstrate the age worthiness of great German wines.  Overall, the guidelines were 20 years (optimistically speaking) for the dry Rieslings, 10+ years for well-structured, … Continue reading

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IMW(NA)-VDP Tutored Tastings: Ageworthy German Wines Part 1

One question I am asked perhaps more than any is “how long can a wine age?”  Of course, the answer is that it depends on the wine in question, but if the IMW(NA)-VDP Ageworthy German Wine seminar proved anything, it’s … Continue reading

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A Question of Balance

Balance, like Justice and Equality, is often more aspiration than reality.   That was one conclusion I reached following the “In Pursuit of Balance,” tasting I attended recently in NYC.  Conceived by Rajat Parr and Jasmine Hirsch, the notion is to … Continue reading

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