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Day #2 Chablis

Finding Warmth in a cold cellar in Chablis On a snowy and wet morning in Chablis we toured the cellars of four producers. Chablis is the name of a village and also the name of the famous wine district about 120 miles southeast of Paris. There are nine grand cru…

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Tour de Kermit Lynch

Dear Wine Amateur, Kermit Lynch was awarded the highest non -military honor by the French government several years ago. Instead of being presented with the Legion of Honor in Paris surrounded by ex perfume models and Jacque Chirac’s body guards he chose to accept the award at a ceremony in San…

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Welcome to the new Winegardner's blog!

am·a·teur: noun a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons. Happy New Year wine amateurs! We will be emailing you one new post per month with 5 pieces written by either by myself, my staff or our…

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Portugal and Field Blends

A few years ago I called Bartholomew Broadbent to ask him about Quinta do Crasto, one of the finest Port houses as well as producer of excellent Portuguese red wine. Bartholomew is like a master som specializing in all wine from Portugal. Here is what he related to me: The…

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Grower Champagnes

“Come quickly-I am tasting stars.” Dom Perignon Champagne is a name that has become synonymous with luxury and prestige. Positioned at a northern latitude of 49 degrees, the French region of Champagne ranks among the coldest and most northern viticulture regions in the world presenting many challenges for winemaking. Over…

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Introducing: "Katherine says..."

Is it possible Emily Dickenson has been reincarnated as a wine reviewer quietly working for a retail shop somewhere in Montana? The owner for the store in question was out for the day and I was hurriedly leaving to see other VIP’s when I noticed a young lady peering with…

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Do You Know Wine?

Miscellaneous facts and wine trivia You may think you know wine, but there’s always more to learn. Here are some wine facts and did-you-knows guaranteed to impress your fellow wine lovers: In 1801, Thomas Jefferson spent 12% of his $25,000 Presidential salary on wine. There are over 5,000 wine grape…

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Are Italian wines the best food wines?

Lettie Teague explores the very real possibility that Italian wines may be the best food wines in the world. She highlights Pietrantonj Montepulciano-and for good reason! The World’s Best Food Wines With their bright acidity and tantalizing bitter edge, Italian wines are magnifico with meals. The Montepulciano grape is one…

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Is Corsica French?

by Kermit Lynch We Americans were the property of the English before our Revolutionary War, and we properly make a big deal of all that. But what if you were Corsican? You would have been invaded, conquered, and/or occupied by the Carthaginians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Saracens, Genoese, and…

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