Category Archives: FRANCE

I Am a Master of Bordeaux, 2016

I may never be able to tack that coveted MW onto my name; I may never wear an MS badge in my lapel and I may never be a Certified Specialist of Wine (which I would have to spell out … Continue reading

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Château de Maltroye and Why I Don’t Write Wine Books Like Hugh Johnson

Someone whose palate I respect poured a wine saying, “This is what California Chardonnay wants to be when it grows up.” Behind such a statement I can find many points with which to agree, but in general, although the idea … Continue reading

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Thursdays With Maury

Many years ago I pledged a troth never to write a Thanksgiving wine column unless one of two things happened:  Either I thought of a really bad pun or I found a really good wine. Merveille des merveilles, this year … Continue reading

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Fitou Be Tied: Domaine Les Mille Vignes

The thousand vines of Domaine Les Mille Vignes may be metaphorical, but the thousand points of light that light up my tongue when I drink the wine is very real indeed. First, Fitou is first: The first Languedoc red wine … Continue reading

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Domaine du Pegau: The World’s Best Jug Wine?

Pegaü  is an old French word meaning ‘jug’—specifically, a fourteenth century terracotta jug discovered in the Palais des Papes in Avignon. That, of course, makes Domaine du Pegau the most exclusive jug wine in the world. As for pronunciation, DdP … Continue reading

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Swashbuckle Up: It’s Gonna Be a Bourdy Ride

Before you discuss Chardonnay with Jean-François Bourdy, take a moment to stand back, exhale, and simply admire the visage. He is an imposing and potent-looking gentleman whose shirt is open a button or two lower than necessary; his eyes are … Continue reading

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Gevrey-Chambertin and the Hangover of Guy Accad

A bat and a ball cost a dollar and ten cents in total. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? On the surface, the question seems easy.  That’s the way our brains … Continue reading

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