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Sometimes You Get Surprised!

 Big Companies Still Make Good Wine!  Surprise!

Chateau St. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington state.  Two million cases produced a year.  That is Big.  696 more words

Champagne in the 1890's (Part 2)

In this fifth and final part of my historical series, we look back to the world of Champagne at the end of the 1890’s.

The vintages of both 1894 and 1895 were poor, but whilst the former year went universally undeclared, several of the better growers attempted to salvage something from the latter. 760 more words


Champagne in the 1890's (Part 1)

In the fourth part of this historical series, we look back to the world of Champagne at the start of the 1890’s.

The final decade of the 19th century was known by some as the ‘gay nineties’, a time of peace and prosperity where the notion of care-free enjoyment spread throughout the population.  717 more words


What do Kentucky, France and Texas have in Common?

A man by the name of Thomas Vonley Munson. I must say, it is one of my discoveries while researching wine that I am the most delighted to uncover. 345 more words

Wine Tasting

At the End of the Day

Puy l’Eveque on a beautiful Spring evening

I’ve always liked Puy L’Eveque. It’s much nicer than its more famous cheesy cousin Pont L’Eveque, and – having gone downhill for years – it’s now showing signs of having a return to its quiet elegance. 634 more words

The Bad Beak Wine: Why Malbec is Actually French

Although today Malbec has achieved global adoration, the variety was something of a mixed success story in times gone by. In Old French the name means something like “bad beak” or “bad nose”, which may have been a reference to the French dislike of the wine’s smell. 939 more words

Wine Stories

The Grapes of Wrath

On one of my forays along the Arno I came across a creeper that was covered with what I described to myself as “lumpy leaves’. So lumpy in fact, that at first I thought they were berries. 470 more words