Red Wine

WINE PARIS 2020 FROM THE VIEW OF A PROVENCE WINE WRITER

It’s a sobering thought that Wine Paris was the last major international wine trade event in 2020. Over two months ago. Virtually every producer with whom I spoke said that the next stop was to be Prowein, scheduled annually for mid-March in Düsseldorf, Germany.  It’s the world’s largest wine trade fair and attendance is basically obligatory for producers of a certain size. So, it was a real blow to the wine industry when Prowein was cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.

The cancellation of AIR PROVENCE, the new and highly anticipated wine salon for the Côtes de Provence appellation that was scheduled for April 6th and 7th, was a real disappointment for Provence rosé producers (as well as buyers and wine writers). Although nowhere near as large or as all-encompassing as Wine Paris or Prowein, this was a huge loss for rosé producers – which make 90% of the wine in this appellation.  I hasten to remind the reader that there is but a slim window in which to market rosé since the most recent vintage is typically perceived (accurately or not) to be the...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Big Boy

I recently had a comment regarding the high alcohol percentage (14.5%) of a white wine, and how the reader felt that more and more wines were being produced with increased alcohol content. My response was that, for me, it was all about balance. That particular wine was beautifully balanced and I never once was aware of...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Spice is Nice

When faced with a recipe that is very spice-forward, I am sometimes at a loss for the wine selection. Spice, in this case, is all spice and no heat. The hottest spice within the recipe is the dried mustard powder. Ancho chile (sweet, not hot), cumin, coriander, and mustard are the other ingredients in...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Clubbing

I’m not one to join country clubs. And I definitely don’t frequent night clubs. However, when wine is concerned, joining clubs has its benefits, especially when one (me, for example) lives in a bit of a wine desert.

Yes, Arizona has all the national...
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