Loire Valley Wines

Spring into Loire Valley Wines

Diversity of grape varieties is one of the best ways to describe Loire Valley wines.  Spring to Loire 2019 presented a trade tasting with three seminars, led by Matthew Kaner, focused on France’s most diverse wine region.  Not only does one find diversity of grapes in the region but diversity of the climate and soils. 

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Provence Rosé

There is always room for Provence Rosé

I think of Rosé as a pretty wine. The iridescent shades of pink, salmon or coral give way to a refreshing wine that invigorates. One place that aligns itself with Rosé is Provence. The region located in the south of France is the capital of Rosé production. A prominent leader in the area and production

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Perfect Winter Wines

Discover Perfect Winter Wines

Winter solstice has come and gone making it time to think about those winter wines to serve during this season. As we move forward into 2019, these wines will bring enjoyment to throughout the year. Here is a selection of winter wines I recently sampled. White Winter Wines During the winter when I have hearty

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French Rosé Wine

Enjoying French Rosé Wine

There is something about a French Rosé Wine that speaks of France. In most cases, they are different than Spanish or American Rosés. Often the Rosés are lighter in color especially the ones for Côtes de Provence. The aromas are also unique to the region, especially the Côtes de Provence, known for their distinct aromas

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National Rosé Day Wines

National Rosé Day: Honoring the Marvels of Rosé

Today is National Rosé Day and the perfect day to celebrate those ever so popular pink wines that are currently the fad. Today more and more wineries are creating Rosés. This pink wine is very diversified, whether a blend of varietals or a single variety. National Rosé Day came into being after submission by Bodvár

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Chardonnay vs Sauvginon Blanc

Wine Watch: Chardonnay VS Sauvignon Blanc – A Taste Test

Two of the most popular and common white varieties are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Comparing some basic differences between Chardonnay vs Sauvignon Blanc can help you more easily choose the right wine. Sauvignon Blancs tend to be lighter in body than Chardonnay, although there is a range that varies, according to the location it is

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Château Angélus Saint-Émilion Vertical Wine Tasting

The bell tolls in honor of Château Angélus Saint-Émilion

They say the bells toll three times a day; morning, midday and night symbolizing the beginning and end of the workday and calling people to pray in what is known as the Angelus prayer. The story goes on to say that the chimes could be heard in the vineyards from neighboring church. Presently this bell

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Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône

Les Dauphins: Romancing the Côtes du Rhône from an era gone by

Often it is the wine label that intrigues one to sample a bottle of wine. Such was the case when I was sent two bottles of Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône to review. As an art major in college, one of my favorite art movements is Art Nouveau. The organic style and use of natural

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Red Wine for Labor Day

Red Wine for a Labor Day Barbecue

To many Labor Day signals the end of summer. The holiday is a celebration of the working class in both the United States and Canada. While we celebrate our achievements, it is best done over dinner, most often a barbecue with steaks ribs or hamburgers. What better way to pay tribute than toasting with a

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Three Summer Rosés

Pleasurable summer wines part II

As summer’s end is quickly upon us here are some white wines and Rosés to finish out your summertime enjoyment. These refreshing wines are part two of a series of pleasurable summer wines I discovered over the past several months. With about one month to go before we hit the autumn season these summer wines

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