Tales From The Cellar

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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...

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Sherry – Food’s Best Friend

Working at a wine shop, we are often asked to suggest wines that pair well with food. Some pairings are tried and true and can always be relied on (i.e. Cabernet and grilled steak), but other times, the...

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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....