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December 2, 2017 2

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food Cool Wine, Daddy-O… I’m Hip!

I found the following on the British blog Golly's Wine Drops: "Léon Perdigal Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc ’15 has a full on hipster collection of grapes in it... So cool you’ve never heard of half of them. It doesn’t hold any truck with oak either so the grapes get to do all the talking." It makes me wonder, what would really make a wine "hipster?"
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

November 4, 2017 6

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food A Goddess in Our Midst

Toward the end of my pairing notes last month, I suggested I might have remembered Rolle being someone softer, fuller, and rounder than its Italian counterpart, Vermentino. It seems that I was right. Disclaimer: I only tasted two of hundreds of wines out there that are made with 100% Rolle or Vermentino. Just two. However, they are both highly rated and come from well-respected vintners. As I tested the Antinori Vermentino twice, I thought it only fair to do the same with the Rolle. For one
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Musings and Memories of a Wine Maven: Notes Too Long for the Cellar Book

May 7, 2017 31

Musings of a Wine Maven

Alternative Facts and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

It would seem there is nothing unequivocal in the tag line to the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) logo proclaiming it to be “The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World.” So you can imagine my surprise when I was reviewing its listing of medal winners of the 2017 event held in January and started noticing clearly foreign-sourced wines copping some
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Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

May 22, 2017 5

Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

Judging, Celebrating, Researching, Tasting

As with any business, living and working in Provence is not all sunshine lunches…. well, only a few…..

The past couple of weeks have been very busy. In late April, I was based in London, which, surprise, surprise, was cold grey and damp – although it did warm up a little by the end. I was there to judge in the Decanter World Wine Awards. This year the number of entries topped 17,000 wines
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Wine Snoops

November 5, 2017 8

Provence WineZine Goes to RAW WINE New York

Today is the start of RAW WINE New York, a two-day artisan wine fair devoted to natural wine. It’s the second year in the Big Apple and promises to be a popular event again—tickets for today sold out three days ago and apparently Monday is now also sold out (although organizers encourage interested parties to check availability at the door…and suggest they may be lucky). About 2300 people attended last
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