California’s Vines Climb In Quality, Popularity

May 17, 2006

De Loach Vineyards

A look at California wines on the 30th Anniversary of the “Judgement of Paris.”

An event that forever changed the wine world occurred in Paris on May 24, 1976. Noted wine maven Steve Spurrier organized a ‘‘blind” tasting to compare California and French wines. Unexpectedly, the nine French wine experts chose California’s Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon as the winners over several well-known French wines. While Europeans were shocked and Americans pleased, California’s reputation as a source of fine wines was established.

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Maison Drouhin Produces Fine Wines

April 26, 2006

Joseph Drouhin Clos de Mouches

A dinner and tasting with Robert Drouhin.

I want to be Robert Drouhin when I grow up. Tall, articulate and refined, he is the Chairman of the noted Burgundy producer Maison Joseph Drouhin with its 162 acres of prime vineyards in Cote d’Or and Chablis. And if that is not enough, he is blessed to have all four of his children working in the family business.

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Bright, Refreshing Summer Wines

June 16, 2005

Rodney Strong Chardonnay

Some summer wine recommendations.

Summer is the time to put away the heavy, winter wines and pick up wines appropriate for the warmer weather. Look for white wines that have bright flavors balanced with enough acid to make the wine crisp and refreshing so it pairs well with warm weather foods. Summer red wines should have great fruit flavors without a lot of complexity or power.

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Party Wines

May 26, 2005

Gloria ferrer Brut

Some wine recommendations for your next family gathering.

So, the entire family is coming into town for your simcha and that includes a dinner at your house. Besides figuring out what everyone will eat, you also want to have the right wines to serve without breaking your budget. Fortunately there are a large number of wines from around the world that your guests will enjoy that also are excellent values.

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The ‘Sideways’ Effect: Pinot Noir Wines Get A Cinematic Boost

March 16, 2005

Sideways Miles

A look at some recently released .

While it may not have won the Academy Award for Best Picture, “Sideways” has had a profound effect on the way Americans view wine. The film features Pinot Noir wines, of which the lead character says: “Its flavors are the most haunting and brilliant and subtle and thrilling and ancient on the planet.” The result has been a dramatic surge in demand for Pinot Noir with sales increasing as much as 135 percent in some areas.

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Wines For Your Passover Seder

April 1, 2004

Hagafen Syrah

Passover wine suggestions.

Wine is a blend of God’s gifts and man’s efforts. On Passover, wine represents the richness of freedom and is a symbol of our joy and thanksgiving. During the seder we are required to drink four cups of wine, and the four cups correspond to the four expressions of redemption stated in the Torah. They also serve to remind us of the four matriarchs, Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca and Leah who each played an important role in the development of the Jewish people.

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