Tales From The Cellar

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Domaine Coursodon – A Great Producer in St. Joseph

Over the years we have had a number of great wines from the Northern Rhone, but I must say I have been consistently enamored by the exquisite bottlings from Domaine Coursodon, located in the southern portion...

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A Visit from Old Friends

I returned from my lunch break a couple weeks back and stopped in the tasting room to see what prospects I had missed and was initially disappointed to see only two bottles that I knew I hadn’t tried....

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Great News for California Cab Lovers!

The 2012 Vintage Cabernet Sauvignons are starting to hit the shelves, and it’s great news for Cabernet fans. The 2012 vintage was a spectacular growing season; ideal harvest, no frosts, and mild spring...

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Only Viognier Allowed!

Viognier is a white grape that has an interesting story.  In the 1980's there were only 80 acres of Viognier planted in the entire world, and it was in danger of going extinct. Almost all of it was...

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Lesser Known Wines of Italy

There are hundreds and hundreds of native grape varieties in Italy. Unfortunately, the majority of them are not very well known or appreciated by wine lovers simply because of smaller distribution (many...

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Grower Champagne aka ‘Farmer-Fizz”

Grower Champagne aka ‘Farmer-Fizz” (named by the famous importer Terry Theise) Grower Champagne is Champagne made by the person’s name on the label, not from a négociant or large Champagne house. ...

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Real Deal Wines

Now that the holidays are over and you have fond memories of those so called “special wines,” you know, the ones most of us don’t ordinarily spend that much for, it’s time to come back to reality....

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Bottle Share at Beltramo’s

We are excited to announce our first bottle share at Betramo’s! It will take place on January 18th from 3-5 PM. There is no charge for the event, other than that you come with a bottle in hand! For...

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GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNES

The classification of Champagne vineyards was developed in the mid-20th century as a means of setting the price of grapes grown through the villages of the Champagne wine region. The classification of...

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Favorite Wines

The holidays make us think of our ‘favorite things” and this idea inspired me to write about my most recent “favorites wines.”  I have reflected on my last few purchases and what I paired with...