Geektime in Angers

The Chateau with a sprinkling of snow Just when I thought I had geeked out enough on Organic or Biodynamic wines in Montpellier, here came the real geek shows in Angers, in the Loire Valley: La Renaissance des Terroirs, La Dive Bouteille, and the new Salon des Vignerons Bio (because another one is what’s really […]

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InterMezzo Visits

Domaine Sauvaire-Reilhe’s 16th Century tower After Millesime Bio, I had some time before the next round of shows in Angers, in the Loire, so I headed off to Crespian, in the Coteaux du Languedoc, north of Nîmes. Yes, I was going to be abusing my palate some more, er, I mean tasting more wine, but […]

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Millesime Bio 2012

Every year, a horde of thirsty wine buyers makes its way to Montpellier for the annual Organic and Biodynamic wines trade show, Millesime Bio. It doesn’t hurt that the show takes place in the South of France, where the ambient temperature upon arrival was 60F. For reference, despite a relatively mild winter, when I left […]

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You’re invited: Loire Valley Wine Dinner!

The Loire Valley is home to tons of small wine producers making delicious, terroir-driven wines.  It’s also the home to eccentric, wild winemakers who are dedicated to making natural wines with the least amount of intervention as possible.   These are some of the most interesting and, best of all, affordable, wines around, really unique […]

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Harvest

OK, this is a repost of my harvest report from 2006, when I worked in Burgundy for Bouchard.  While I could rightly be accused of being lazy for just copying and pasting this, I do feel it’s an accurate snapshot of what pickers go through when they work the vineyards.  It isn’t easy work (my […]

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Domaine Ruet Beaujolais has arrived!

If you didn’t know, I LOVE good Beaujolais.  And by good, I mean REAL Beaujolais, not that mass-produced crap that some companies make (note, I can’t call them “wineries”, as they’re more factories than actual places to make wine). Producers like Foillard, Lapierre and Metras are the superstars of the region, making gorgeous wines that […]

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Showtime! (Part Tres)

Yes, Part Tres (that’s “three” to you non-Spanish-speaking readers).  What, more shows?  Yep, yet more chances to drink tons of crap before (hopefully) finding the delicious needle hidden in the haystack.  The wine business trade show season is for the most part lined up earlier in the year, and a large number of them are […]

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Showtime! (Part Deux)

Of course, setting aside the piss-poor wines and sad stories at trade shows, there are some good things.  Like getting to see the wineries I work with up close and personal.  Case in point: after the fairs in Montpellier, I made my way north to the city of Angers, in the Loire Valley, a few […]

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Showtime! (Part One)

That picture?  That’s about 1600 wines waiting to abuse my tongue and liver. Early every year, there are a slew of wine trade shows in the South of France.  Now, not being one to suffer needlessly, it’s hard to say no to these.  My choice is thus cold, snowy, windy New York, or warm, sunny […]

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Beaucoup Bojo

The Line Up

Last week I participated in a fantastic and immensely-enjoyable tasting of the 2009 Beaujolais currently in the market.  I won’t bore you with detailed descriptions of each wine as I’ll be able to see your eyes roll into the back of your head from here.  Instead, I’ll just give you a quick and hopefully not-so-boring […]

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Happy Birthday America!

  Ribs, New York City style Well, it’s summer in the city, so the wine business is slow and sleepy. What’s a budding entrepreneur with a growing business to do? I suppose it means I should be travelling, but I’m trying to watch expenses and set up sales networks for the Fall. I am also […]

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Generosity

  Whoa, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve been swamped with work but also personal stuff, so my focus has been, well, I guess you could say, somewhat fuzzy. That said, I have tried to find the time to enjoy some lovely meals with some very nice folks, which made […]

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The End of an Era

At the dawn of the Internet, wine geeks gathered on various online fora, chatting and learning about the wines that they were so passionate about and discovering they weren’t alone with this sickness we call a passion. Eventually, a few good sites evolved from the multitudes, rising to the top of the heap and really […]

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Mexican… wine?

  I just returned from a long-overdue vacation (first one in five years!) in Mexico, where I sampled much of the local cuisine and beers. And while I swore off wine for the week, I ended up caving in to temptation (most folks know I can resist everything but temptation) and I suppose morbid curiosity […]

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A New Discovery: Domaine Ruet Beaujolais

  Jean-Paul Ruet shows off some of the blue granite underlying his vineyards I love good Beaujolais. For too long, the region’s been associated with cheap, mass-produced plonk, especially that Nouveau crap. Let’s face it, that’s not real wine. It’s not even edible and, frankly, should be banned by the FDA. But, what do I […]

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