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March 22, 2017 1


We had a blizzard last this week. Winds were whipping across our house and, at times, it seemed through our early 18th-century home. The day-long storm dumped about a foot of snow by the time it was all over. Temperatures were way below freezing (hovering around 8°F/-13°C during the day) for several days before this historically late snow storm. Several inches of snow still blanket the ground but, as I write this post, the sky has evolved from various shades of grey into a baby blue with gorgeous pink and purple tinted clouds, the kind Maxfield Parrish might have painted in the last years of his life here in New Hampshire. It’s not your traditional rosé weather (although I will confess to opening more than a few bottles nonetheless…they chill well in the snow, requiring just a few minutes to reach the perfect

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Duck Confit Cake and Domaine Moulin-la-Viguerie Tavel Wine
March 3, 2017 10

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

A Well-Traveled Tavel

It isn't often that I get wines straight off the plane from the vineyard in France. But, this week, that is exactly (well, sort of) what happened. You see, Sandra Gay-Moulines, attaché de communication for the Syndicat Viticole de l'Appellation Tavel, got a couple of bottles direct from the winery, whose owner, Gaël Petit, happens to be president of the Syndicat. Sandra gave them to Susan and Towny, who brought them back to States, and then they shipped them to me. See? Direct from the winery!


Musings and Memories of a Wine Maven: Notes Too Long for the Cellar Book

February 18, 2017 6

Musings of a Wine Maven

Something Corked about Wine Spectator’s Best Value 2016 Wines From Provence

Earlier this month I spent a considerable amount of time perusing the new issue of Wine Spectator (Jan. 31 – Feb. 28, 2017). I love lists, and this edition's cover caught my attention with its bold text proclaiming “Ultimate Values: 1,236 Wines 90+/ $30 or Less.” I was in the local bagel shop at the time and errands begged to be done which limited my taking the time then to go through their winners from beginning to end. But what did draw me in immediately was that of the eleven wines from Provence that made the cut, six were rosés.


The Wine Snoop Report

March 12, 2017 2

A Third Namesake Wine Joins the Château Margüi Portfolio: Welcome Toscane de Margüi

In early February, at Millesime Bio in Marseille, I had the pleasure of meeting Titien, 14-year-old son of Philippe Guillanton and Marie-Christine Baylet-Guillanton, who, with a little cajoling


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