Tales From The Cellar

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The Evolution of Modern Gin

Gin has long been thought of as the dry, refreshing spirit of England used almost exclusively for martinis and gin and tonics. In today’s market, the world of gin is much wider than before. There are...

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NWA (Napa Wit Attitude) 2012

While for the purpose of this posting, the “N” stands for Napa, the “W” and “A”, on the other hand, retain their acronymic symbolism. The translation to “Wit Attitudes” is an apt descriptor...

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Showstoppers

There are so many good wines out there, and every. day I get to taste professionally dozens of them. But not every day will something make me stop in my tracks and say – “Wow, wait a minute! What was...

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A Visit to Schramsberg

Recently, I went to Napa for a day of wine tasting. This is something that I haven’t done in years. It was a fun and educational experience as it should be, with a few surprises. Our first stop was Schramsberg...

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Walter Buchegger: Still on Top of His Game and Then Some

It always amazes me when I taste new releases from highly regarded established producers, naturally expecting the quality to be high, and then be completely stunned once again! How they are able to maintain...

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Refreshing Summer Wines of Savoie and Bugey

Summer is slowly rolling in, and here are a few white wines from eastern France that I am starting my summer with. All three of them are dry, crisp, refreshing and low in alcohol which what I think summer...

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Wines for “Springing” into Summer

Well here we are again when people start asking for new arrival Rosés, fresh and lively whites, and of course, those BBQ reds for the upcoming summer months. So, as I too start thinking about warmer days,...

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WOTN #2

This acronym is undoubtedly familiar to those in a tasting group or who read wine-tasting blogs. It is an abbreviation of Wine of the Night and is a polite expression of the sentiment “holy *^@#, where...

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The Season for Rosé Wines has arrived!

How Rosé Wines are Made-Rosé is French for “pink.” Rosés are made from red grapes, but the juice and skins are only in contact for a short time (anywhere from a few hours to several days) before...

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German Sparkling Wines

Being a huge fan of all Sparkling Wines from around the world, I never get tired of searching for great new sparkling finds. That brings me to Germany, which has a long and very successful history of sparkling...