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A Little Bit About Burgundy: Great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

France, and specifically Bourgogne, what we in the great USA call Burgundy, is where the world’s best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are grown. And I say “grown” because Burgundy is all about the vineyard rather than the chateau or winery. Not to say that there aren’t some excellent Pinots and

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A Trip to Chile…in Manhattan

At a lunch last week hosted by Cooking by the Book , I was reminded why I like Chilean wine so much.  Or at least I was reminded that I like Chilean wine so much.  And I was also reminded that wine and food “matching”  (as wine writer Randy Caparoso likes

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Wine of the Week: Banfi Chianti Superiore DOCG 2012

This Chianti, mostly from the Sangiovese grape, is a classified wine, and the DOCG means Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita.  That ought to mean something but it doesn’t mean all that much. Still, this is a very nice bottle of wine, especially for 11 bucks, which is about what

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Wine of the Week: Avante Mencia 2009

Spain grows great wines—Grenache and Carignane from Priorat, Tempranillo from Rioja and Ribero del Duero, and Albarino from Rias Biaxas to name a few. But Mencia is a grape you’ve probably never tasted and maybe never even heard of.  This 100% Mencia is from the large Castilla y Leon region, but

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Wine of the Week: Covey Run Gewürztraminer 2010

This off-dry, which naturally means slightly sweet, white wine is the perfect pairing for spicy food and Asian food. And of course spicy Asian food (not all of it is).  It goes great with Indian and Thai food, and lo and behold, they’re Asian. It’s pronounced “guh-vertz-trah-meen-er” by the way.

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The #PA Liquor Control Board starts rationing “selected” booze including certain #Champagne, #Bourbon, #Tequila, #Whisky, and #Cognac citing supply chain. Didn’t know booze had computer chips. https://6abc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/6abc.com/amp/pennsylvania-liquor-control-board-two-bottles-per-day-purchase-limit-supply-chain-rationed-booze/11026739/

The Sustainable #Wine Roundtable (SWR)says its stakeholder members will define #sustainable wine in detail and develop a global sustainability standard. Let's hope it's more than talk: https://swroundtable.org/

This says #California is having a drama-free #wine grape harvest. But it’s really only about #Napa, #sonoma and northern CA. Typical. They’re great… but there’s a lot more. https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2021/09/california-finally-gets-a-normal-vintage

Controversy as residents of #Conegliano and #Valdobbiadene protest land-grabs, pesticides use and more to dramatically increase #Prosecco production: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/10/prosecco-protesters-rise-up-against-ruthless-expansion-of-italian-winemakers

l love #Champagne and @Moet, but this act with #RogerFederer is absurd. "This...was one of the most authentic moments I have ever experienced...I sensed the true passion of the people of Moët & Chandon." As opposed to inauthentic? The other #Champagne producers have no passion?

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