Shark Week Wines

Shark Week

Eeeeeeek! Actually, it’s awesome, it’s informative and it’s fun.  It’s Shark Week again on Discovery Channel, and sharks are a passion of mine.  Judging from the channel’s ratings at this time of the year, a LOT of people share that passion.  Who can resist learning more about these magnificent eating machines, who’ve barely changed since […]

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Loire & More

Angers' Medieval Castle

The Chateau in Angers (in warmer times) I’ve been swamped with work since I got back from France in late February, so this post is a tad late.  Apologies, as usual, and all that.  In any case, the rest of the trip went smashingly well.  Aside from a super nasty bug that sidelined me for […]

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The Season of Tastings

  The Orsay room is set up ‘Tis the season for tastings, and so these past few weeks I’ve been busy standing behind tables pouring my wines that are distributed in NYC. At T Edward’s tasting Jean-Pascal Aubron’s Muscadet got very good reactions, a testament to his wine-making skills. But the biggest taste test was […]

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The Muscadet has Arrived!

Well, just in time for Spring’s warmer weather and amid all the bad news about the economy and the world, some good news, at least for me and for lovers of well-priced, well-made Muscadet. Jean-Pascal Aubron’s 2007 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur Lie Grand Fief de l’Audigere has finally arrived in New York. The […]

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A Day in Muscadet

Aaaaah, the glamours of the wine business… After 8 hours in the air in a cramped tin can and a mad dash to the Montparnasse train station in Paris for my TGV, I finally made it to Nantes, near France’s Atlantic Coast. Luckily, I had taken into account the probabilities that we’d be delayed leaving […]

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A New Addition to the Portfolio

I’ve been searching for a while for a high-quality, low-cost Muscadet that I could put my name on. Finding a good wine, from any region, that I can represent is tougher than you think. There’s a lot of searching, negotiating, slurping and spitting before finding one that meets my stringent criteria (price is of course […]

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Languedoc Day 1: Near Death Experience

The Cross of the Languedoc I arrived in the Languedoc to see if I could find the few gems of quality that are starting to poke out of this crescent-shaped slice of France. Though it was known more for swill than quality wines, the region is changing, if ever so slowly. And if the French […]

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