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Archive | March, 2012

How Long Does A Wine Keep?

How Long Does A Wine Keep?

The people who head to the store on the way home to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner have it right.   Most wine – and by “most” I mean 95% of it – is meant to be enjoyed, if not shortly after purchase, then within 12 to 18 months of the vintage […]

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Wines of Summer:  Picks from the Pro and Amateur

Wines of Summer: Picks from the Pro and Amateur

The recent portfolio tasting of a New York distributor seemed the perfect occasion to find some terrific summertime wines.  But why just offer my opinion?  I asked my friend Susan, the Amateur, to join me (the Pro.)    Our goal was to taste, talk about and take notes on as many white and rosé wines […]

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Beyond Nouveau:  The Cru Beaujolais

Beyond Nouveau: The Cru Beaujolais

A light, fluffy wine known as Beaujolais Nouveau hit its peak of popularity in the 1980s, thanks to a marketing invention of negoçiants Georges Duboeuf and an assist from the INAO, the body that makes French wine laws and legalized the phrase Beaujolais Nouveau.   Unfortunately, while the wine introduced America to the wonders of […]

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INTRODUCING DOMAINE NEWMAN

INTRODUCING DOMAINE NEWMAN

The name “Domaine Newman” is rather dissonant. Why does a French estate boast such a decidedly American name? Is the owner a Seinfeld fan, or is it perhaps pronounced “neu – mahn” with a nasal emphasis on the last syllable? Neither, as it turns out.   Domaine Newman is a rarity: an American-owned Burgundy estate. After […]

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About Paso Robles

About Paso Robles

   The Central Coast is a vast swath of California that starts roughly 100 miles north of Los Angeles and stretches all the way to San Francisco.  Paso Robles falls neatly in the middle, equidistant from each city.   This region boasts a unique history, though its beginnings are familiar to California: The first grapes […]

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