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June 19, 2017 4

The Rhône Rangers Raise their Glasses in Honor of Sonoma Restaurateur Sondra Bernstein

It was the perfect assemblage to honor the woman who created the “Rhône Alone” wine list: an unusually glorious June day in San Francisco; the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio filled with family, friends, and fans of Sondra Bernstein and Rhône-style wines; and about 75 winemakers pouring their wines made in the U.S. from Rhône varieties. What better way could the Rhône Rangers bestow their fifth annual Lifetime Achievement Award on Bernstein who, twenty years earlier, had demonstrated her support of Rhône and Rhône-style wines by devoting the wine list for her first restaurant, “the girl and the fig,” to those wines. I felt fortunate to be
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Aquiesce Belle Blanc
June 3, 2017 6

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Beauty and the Belle

A little over two years ago, I fell in love with a blonde bombshell - a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I was somewhat in awe of this wine, and never dreamed I would see its doppelgänger here on these shores. But, as you read on, you will find I was wrong.

Just this past October, Susan Manfull wrote an article for the Provence WineZine about a wine bloggers conference she attended last August in Lodi, California, that included visit to Acquiesce Vineyards. It was then she
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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

June 4, 2017 3

Wine and Jazz in Provence

What is the perfect musical pairing for the wines of Provence and southern Rhône? Jazz! There are terrific jazz events held in and about wineries during the summer months throughout Provence and most include wine tasting as part of the festivities. Take a picnic, try the wine, and listen to some jazz--what could be better!
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