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Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Don’s April Collector’s Series Top Picks

    We have several inspired offerings in store for you this month, but I have to admit the French really did their homework this time around.  Consequently, my two Top Picks this month go to Château Laplagnotte Bellevue’s stunning 2010 St. Emilion Grand Cru and Verget’s outstanding 2011 Pouilly-Fuissé.  For starters, Château Laplagnotte Bellevue is a Read More

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  • Don’s April Premier Series Top Picks

    This month’s Top Picks provide a little personal drama.  For starters, Querciola’s Barbera d’Alba and Domaine de la Collonge’s Macon-Fuissé have been perennial favorites, but then so have Casa Silva’s delicious Reserva Carmenère and Lawson’s Gewurztraminer.  Yet, I have to admit that one would be hard pressed to find a better Barbera d’Alba than Querciola’s Read More

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  • Bordeaux: What’s in a vintage?

    In some wine regions of the world, the quality of wine doesn’t vary tremendously from year to year.  The reason is that the weather in some wine areas remains fairly consistent and predictable.  In other wine lands such as Bordeaux, vintage means everything.  The weather in Bordeaux varies enormously throughout the growing season and from year to Read More

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  • Some Random or Not So Random Thoughts

    I often wonder why some wines are more popular than others.  At first, the answer seems obvious and quite self explanatory.  After all, quality, like cream, rises to the top.  And given a choice and some experience, most seasoned wine drinkers choose the quality product, especially when price is not influencing their decision – either Read More

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  • It’s about time!

    It’s about time that New World wineries caught up with consumers’ tastes.  What do I mean by that?  Several things!  First, more and more wineries in Australia, California, and elsewhere now make proprietary wines, which means wineries are no longer exclusively beholden to varietal bottling (whereby 75%-100% of a given wine comes from a single Read More

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