Wines of the Week: Nov. 17-23

Everyday: For many of us, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without bubbles, and no, they need not be from this country on this alleged all-American holiday (which, btw, originated with some immigrants feting the folks who already lived here). You could do a lot worse than the Mionetto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut ($16). There’s a boatload of […]

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Linkin’ Logs: 11-22-14

New inventions and semi-old traditions are among the highlights of this week’s scroll through Weblandia: • I’m a big fan of Mouton Rothschild’s practice of having an accomplished artist create the winery’s label each year. Here’s a gallery of the labels, going back to the beginning  in 1924. • I had a fantastic barbera the other […]

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Writerly wine quotes

It’s always heartening to learn how much people of yore enjoyed wine, and to see that expressed by their respective era’s best writers. To wit: • “A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine.” — Ernest Hemingway • “Woman is the lesser man, and all thy passions, match’d with mine, are as […]

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Pio Cesare

Wines of the Week: Nov. 10-16

Everyday: Who says you can’t find really good Vouvray for under $20? Not me, at least after savoring the super-tasty 2012 J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray ($16). With touches of sweetness and saltiness augmenting the fresh green-fruit core (kiwi, Key lime), this is one refreshing but ample white. The mouthfeel is luxuriant, the finish bold […]

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Pinot envy

Ah, pinot noir, that cruel seductress. Small wonder it has prompted so many words of wistfulness and wisdom: • “I serve your Beaune to my friends, but your Volnay I keep for myself.”  — Voltaire (left) •  “Pinot noir is the ultimate wine to have at the table. It’s a white wine masquerading as red…[while] […]

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maurice drouhin

Gleanings from ‘Shadows in the Vineyard’

Max Potter’s “Shadows in the Vineyard,” which I reviewed last week, is filled with interesting fodder on two subjects I love: history and french wine. A few things I learned while reading it (direct quotes from the book have quotation marks): • In the 1st century BC, Romans planted vines in Pagus Arebrignus, now Burgundy. […]

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