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Archive | November, 2011

PRO-AM LOIRE WINE TASTE OFF

PRO-AM LOIRE WINE TASTE OFF

At a recent tasting of Loire Valley wines, my friend Susan (aka The Amateur) came with me (aka The Pro) so we could go mano a mano in tasting these complex, yet delicious, wines.   Do we get the same flavors and impressions?  Will The Amateur appreciate these challenging cuvees?  Does The Pro find every […]

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THE LOIRE VALLEY

THE LOIRE VALLEY

The Loire Valley offers some of the most diverse, interesting and food-friendly wines in the world.  But when is the last time you saw a Chinon on a wine list, or thought to order a Muscadet with your oysters? Exactly. Part of the problem is the wines themselves – they tend to be challenging, more […]

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WAX ON, WAX OFF

WAX ON, WAX OFF

From time to time, I hear complaints about the difficulty of opening wine bottles sealed with wax.  On the rare occasion I’m confronted with such a wine, it’s been a struggle to get the cork out.  Thankfully they are easy to avoid.   Then a client gave me two bottles whose necks were encased in […]

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