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d’Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne 2010 I had Hermit Crab’s Viognier a few years ago, and I enjoyed it but was not impressed.  This time around, (and perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I know more about wine now), it was lovely.  I found this wine honeyed,…

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Chiaretto Classico 2012 by Marchesini A delicately subtle rosé from Italy.  It sleepily drifts to your nose with strawberries, and other sweet ‘n tart fruits.  It glides across the palate with sugared tangerine, peaches, and strawberry ice cream, though it isn’t a sweet wine. The creamy, almost vanilla tinted body…

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The tasting at Benny’s Restaurant with Rikki Vallance of Winegardner’s Wines, and Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch was a marvelous treat.  There was an interestingly diverse selection of wines offered at this tasting, paired with an array of local cuisine, made form as local ingredients as were possible. Margaret, the…

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"Katherine says..."

Is it possible Emily Dickenson has been reincarnated as a wine reviewer quietly working for a retail shop somewhere in Montana? Katherine from the Panhandler in Helena visited Seattle……. CLASSICAL WINES OF SPAIN A note from Kurt – When Katherine told me she would be visiting Seattle I called my…

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Lena goes to Kysela

Over the river and through the woods… Sniff, swirl, sip, spit – repeat.  A fine-tuned practice at an event of this style.  Kysela Pere et Fils just built a new warehouse and was hosting a portfolio tasting to show off their expansive new digs in Winchester, Virginia.  We met with…

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Burgundy

“the closer the Beaune, the sweeter the meat…..” A compelling actor expresses beauty and energy underneath the surface that actively reveals itself during the course of the movie. I prefer a full length Penelope Cruz film to watching Pamela Lee Anderson bounce after a camera on a generic beach. A…

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A River Runs Through Them

WOW!  How fortunate was I to have been invited to travel  to all the major wine regions in France with a group of twenty U.S. wine buyers.  We drove from village to village visiting small family estates in a clockwise tour de France. Led by Bruce Neyers, national sales manager…

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Domaine de Fontsainte

A rosé is a rosé is a rosé, or…maybe it’s a grenache gris. If you cannot imagine yourself reclining on a front porch during a warm spring evening smelling the lilac bushes while munching pumpkin cookies with a chilled bottle of Domaine Fontsainte Gris de Gris read no further. Gris de…

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I hope you like it, I paid retail...

Did you ever get jealous of the guy who brags about how much he didn’t pay for all the expensive  stuff  he shows you?  Here’s how to get even without his knowing about it.  (Why is it almost always dudes who do this? Don’t women have egos too?). There is a…

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The KLWM tour continues....

Lieu Dit There are a lot of words on a French wine label seemingly meant to baffle an average wine consumer or give wine geeks something to pontificate while waiting for a young wine made with old vines to open up. A slight digression.  We were tasting a 2004 Cornas…

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