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Nov 14 2011

Le Beaujolais Nouveau

Published by under France,News and Trends,Red Wines

Does the third Thursday in November mean anything to you? If it doesn’t yet, it will now. Considered Beaujolais Nouveau day to wine lovers around the world, this November 17th is the day the 2011 vintage of this delicious wine will be released. Beaujolais Nouveau (or, Bo-Vo, as I like to call it) is a […]

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Oct 07 2011

Barrels o’ Fun

Published by under France,Wine Education,Wine Making

Is there anything more sexy and fast-paced than the world of barrels? Probably. Barrels might not be the most exciting part of wine-making, but they play a vital role in many wines the world over. Over 3,000 years ago, Egyptians would store wine in ceramic pots called “amphora” that they would then pour olive oil […]

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Jan 31 2011

Love By the Bottle

It has been two years this month since I decided to dive into the world of wine. And when I say dive, I mean I truly threw myself into wine’s world. I was one week into 21 years old when I moved to San Francisco to begin sommelier classes, and I was, to say the very least, inexperienced. My elder classmates, of whom the youngest was 25, tossed around words such as “tannin,” and names of fruit I had never even heard of. My few years of drinking Yellow Tail out of the bottle in my elementary school’s playground at night didn’t quite prepare me for this class’ challenge, but was up for it.

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Jan 20 2011

Back to Bordeaux Basics

by Julianna Will The 2009 Vintage Tasting of Bordeaux Wines at the Palmer House in coming up on Tuesday. Many stand-out producers will be in attendance and, as always, it’s a rare and welcome opportunity in my world to get to taste a large number of wines – in a row – from the same […]

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Jan 13 2011

Effervescence Everyday?

My translation is a little rough, but someone once said to me that a European man will work for three weeks to spend one week on his row boat, while an American man will work for an entire year in anticipation for one week on his yacht. It is a little silly; we don’t all have row boats or yachts, or even a week of vacation time. But then I gave this saying some thought and realized it holds some truth.

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Nov 18 2010

Why the buzz over Beaujolais?

Grocery store circulars everywhere are touting the release today of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Granted, most people don’t expect to find fine wine in the same store stocking Twinkies and Chef Boyardee, but Beaujolais Nouveau has garnered a disrespect in some corners perhaps beyond proportion, considering it doesn’t aspire to much. What is it about […]

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