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Exporting Bordeaux wines to Asia - 1994

My training in export sales involved going to the owner’s chateau, having a 3 hour dinner with some staggering old crus classes, and not speaking a word about business.  886 more words

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Villa Maria, Reserve, Clifford Bay, 2012

Sauvignon Blanc
Villa Maria, Reserve, Clifford Bay, 2012
Marlborough, New Zealand

Villa Maria is the most awarded family-owned winery in New Zealand. It was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich who has been instrumental in putting the country in the vinous spotlight. 100 more words

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Le Bureau in Bordeaux, 1993

After two months in the cellars during harvest, doing all the heavy duty work, it was a relief when one day the owner, clad in his tailored suit and looking most aristocratic, instructed me to come to work at the office. 665 more words

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Allez La France

There are a number of things that turn the French on. Food, unquestionably in poll position; sex, they are French after all ; wine, and rugby. 604 more words

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Tasting the ferments

Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I’ve tasted more young wines than you’ve had hot breakfasts, but I have had a few. OK OK I’m not some artiste winemaker, but I have had the good fortune of learning a little about this from some of the top winemakers in Bordeaux, and Australia, and a few other places I suppose. 632 more words

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Domaine Marc Morey et Fils, 1er Cru En Virondot, Chassagne-Montrachet 2008

Chardonnay
Domaine Marc Morey et Fils, 1er Cru En Virondot, Chassagne-Montrachet 2008
Burgundy, France

Since 1919 the Morey family has been cultivating a small number of vines in a tiny appellation in southern Burgundy called Chassagne-Montrachet. 119 more words

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