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A Quick Weekend in Santa Barbara Wine Country (and LA)

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A Quick Weekend in Santa Barbara Wine Country (and LA)

For years, several of my friends from the Los Angeles area have been enamored with the wines of Santa Barbara. They’ve allowed me to sample their stash, but many of these wineries are smaller production, so the wines don’t always make it out of California. Recently, my husband and I decided to do a quick […]

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Sonoma County and the Green Acres Contingency

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Sonoma County and the Green Acres Contingency

“Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?” Pretty Woman, circa 1990 Why do people do what they do – both personally and professionally? I’ve always had a mild fascination with this topic. Winemakers tend to be very passionate people. I thoroughly take pleasure in asking them why they do what they do. Inevitably, they are doing […]

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Véronique Drouhin-Boss, Head Winemaker for Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin

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Véronique Drouhin-Boss, Head Winemaker for Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin

On my very first trip to the Willamette Valley (my pre wine-as-a-career days), I stopped by the tasting room at Domaine Drouhin. The people were just so lovely and cordial. I thought to myself, even if I don’t like these wines, I am going to purchase some because of my experience. Then, I found out […]

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Burgundy: A Basic Lesson in Economics

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Burgundy: A Basic Lesson in Economics

Guess what? We’re not the only ones who think Burgundies are fabulous. To quote Michael Jackson, “you are not alone.” It all comes down to the simple law of supply and demand. For good Burgundies, there is generally more demand than supply. French people like their wine, so there’s less to export to the non-Frenchies. […]

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Burgundy – Domaine Jean Chartron and the 2009 Hospice de Beaune Auction

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Burgundy – Domaine Jean Chartron and the 2009 Hospice de Beaune Auction

Puligny-Montrachet is “the greatest white-wine commune on earth… The top Montrachet, Chevalier and Bâtard are wines to drink on bended knee with the head beared.” Alexandre Dumas Le Montrachet… Everybody wants a piece of it, so what’s with all of the dashes? Le Montrachet is probably the most famous white Grand Cru. The communes of […]

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Burgundy – Les Domaines Bouchard Père & Fils

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Burgundy – Les Domaines Bouchard Père & Fils

Les Domaines Bouchard Père et Fils 15, rue de Château – 21200 Beaune +33 3 80 24 80 24 www.bouchard-pereetfils.com On a perfectly crisp autumn day, I visited Domaine Bouchard, which is located within the regal 15th century Château de Beaune. Domaine Bouchard includes 4,000 square meters (13,123 square feet) of cellars (yes, this is […]

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Burgundy – Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

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Burgundy – Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

September 2009 “Every now and then, we are lucky enough to encounter Burgundy which sets our hearts afire.” Clive Coates, Master of Wine, Côte D’Or, A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy, Vintages 2007: “A unique year… 2007 was another extraordinary year of such advanced growth that we had to begin harvesting in August… […]

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A Weekend in Portland and the Willamette Valley

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A Weekend in Portland and the Willamette Valley

WINERIES AND TASTING NOTES: Overall, we found the 2007 wines to be leaner than those from 2005 and 2006. They are lovely, but I’d be choosy about the ones to cellar. Domaine Drouhin 6750 Breyman Orchards Road, Dayton +1-503-864-2700 www.domainedrouhin.com You’ll find no airs of wine snobbery from this very famed family of Burgundy. These […]

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