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Archive | November, 2012

VinConnect

VinConnect

Getting your hands on many of Europe’s top wines through regular channels – like retail or restaurants – can be tough.  Quantities are limited, and allocations from distributors can be extreme.  (Six bottles for all of Virginia?!)   Enter VinConnect, the brainchild of banker-turned-wine mogul Kevin Sidders.   After leaving the finance industry, he “spent […]

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Still More Sparklers...

Still More Sparklers…

Several other sparklers stood out during the tasting, including three from Italy and one from Austria:   Cantine del Taburno Aglianico Rosé Extra Dry NV Aglianico is a red grape that makes some pretty stunning dry red wine, so it’s not much of a surprise that this bubbly iteration is GOOD! It’s gorgeous with notes […]

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Fresh, Festive Champagne

Fresh, Festive Champagne

What better signals the start of the holiday season than the happy sound of a Champagne cork popping? Champagne can be a challenging wine – it often has a dark, yeasty, bready depth that makes it a less approachable than a softer sparkling wine like, say, Prosecco.   But there is another breed of Champagne […]

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American Bubbly

American Bubbly

Without question, some of this country’s best sparkling wine comes from New Mexico.   Surprised?   Don’t get me wrong – California makes some smashing bubbly.  But for an unbeatable combination of quality and value, the sparkling wines from Gruet, an estate some 150 miles south of Albuquerque, really deliver.   I tasted through their […]

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