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June 2, 2018 2

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Rough and Ready

Sometimes you want it rough. You’re not in the mood for refined and elegant, or complex and silky. You might be serving a mixed grill, or even just a simple steak. You want a good, solid, edgy wine.

That was the case for this month’s wine, Instinct, from Domaine Pey Blanc. I was having a mixed grill - which included a porcini-rubbed steak - and wanted a dark, brooding wine to go with it. For the steak recipe and how I put together a mixed grill, head over to Cocoa & Lavender.

The color of Instinct is a deep, ruby red, and dense enough that it seemed impenetrable to light. This bode well for our meal. Before even serving the steak at the table - meaning that my sniffer wasn’t being...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

May 5, 2018 6

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

The Luck of the Draw

I’m a typical Virgo. I am very particular about things - from the color of my socks, to the route I drive to and from work. I would say that I am deliberate, especially when it comes to food and wine. I don’t do potlucks; I don’t believe there should be any “luck” in a meal, or with its accompanying...
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Musings and Memories of a Wine Maven: Notes Too Long for the Cellar Book

December 31, 2017 22

Musings of a Wine Maven

Are you ready for a wine cellar in 2018?

A wine cellar can be defined in various ways. In its basic element, I define it as a place to stash wine. My first was a nine-bottle wooden rack placed at the back of a clothes closet on the seventh floor of an air-conditioned apartment building in New York City. Since that humble beginning, my storage space has hitched itself to my business-related moves to no less than fourteen
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Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

April 1, 2018 1

Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

ProWein and Vinisud Conversations: Breaking the Stereotype of “Provence-Style Rosé”

One of the comments I often hear when going around international wine exhibitions is, ‘We make our rosé in a Provence or southern French style.’ What this means is that the wine has minimal skin contact, making a pale pink, dry wine with delicate fruit character.

This confuses me. Most producers...
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Off the Via Domitia

March 15, 2018 16

OFF THE VIA DOMITIA

HOW MARKUS NIGGLI VENTURED INTO MAKING EUROPEAN-STYLE WHITE WINES IN LODI, CALIFORNIA

Markus Niggli—founder of Markus Wine Co. at Borra Vineyards in Lodi, California-- is an exceptionally talented and savvy winemaker who started making his own small-production line of edgy, artisanal white wines in 2010. He was not quite 40 years old
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Wine Snoops

May 28, 2018 1

An International Blind Tasting in Lodi California included Rhône Valley and Provence wines

I recently participated in a fascinating international blind tasting in Lodi, California. Four flights of four wines predominantly composed of four different grape varieties were included: Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, and Mourvèdre.

The tasting was not intended to determine the best wine in each flight but, rather, to compare and contrast the wines in order to...
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