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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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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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