Tradeshows & Tastings Oh My

Vins de mes Amis

Another year, another round of trade shows, tastings, and winery visits in Europe.  This year’s trip was a quickie, as I had a ton of things to do in the US.  In addition, I was on the move almost every day, which made this one a very tiring visit to the Continent. A day after […]

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Gallivanting in the Gaillac

Nicolas in the Vines

Between the trade shows in Montpellier and Angers, I had the good fortune to spend 2 days in the Gaillac region of France visiting our biodynamic producer Nicolas Lebrun of l’Enclos des Braves.  Wait, where?  It’s just northeast of the city of Toulouse, in the Southwest part of the country.  Wait, what?  OK, OK, take […]

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Japan: Tokyo


So what’s up with the title, “Japan: Tokyo”? I was lucky enough to experience a 17-day odyssey through the Land of the Rising Sun.  This was part business, but all pleasure.  It was an amazing voyage filled with food so good it made me want to cry, gorgeous vistas, and amazingly friendly people.  In short, […]

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Galicia, Spain

I have to travel a lot in this job, and I just returned from a recent trip to Spain’s Galicia region, in the Northwest of the Iberian peninsula. One thing I love about these voyages, aside from the good food, nice wine, and passionate people, is the exposure to local culture that I receive. I […]

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Random Bad Translation Pic of the Day

This is what happens when someone doesn’t even use the Internet for translation (I mean, Google Translation HAS to be better, right?) For the record, even though I was in a duck mood, the thought of “Thigh of Hopeful Duck” was a little sad, so I opted for the “Mask of Pork” (pork cheeks). I […]

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Au Revoir!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, both professionnally and personally, which is why I haven’t been writing that much. The tasting at the Wine Library two weeks ago went phenomenally well (24 cases sold in 4 hours but more importantly I got to meet some of you, which is always awesome). I’ve also been […]

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