Category Archives: FRANCE

To Be Or Tannat To Be: That’s The Question

Tannat is a wine geek’s grape, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.  Like cult films or cult bands, tannat is often dug for its brooding obscurity or transgressive potency more than for any sense of down-home approachableness. Nonetheless, like … Continue reading

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Idiart Savant

Nicolas Idiart has one of those strikingly handsome, masculine faces that makes even straight guys sit up and take notice, then recalculate our own sad position on that irrelevant ladder of total relevance, realizing that we’ve just moved down another … Continue reading

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A Summertime Favorite: Korn On The Job

* Final day for voting in Wine Blog Awards 2014, for which this column is nominated in ‘Best Writing On A Wine Blog’.  http://wineblogawards.org/ if you intend to vote for me.   Otherwise, move along, nothing to see here…   Every … Continue reading

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Helfrich Produces No Dogs, Thank You Very Much

I know a wine writer who berates other wine writers who use the ‘A’ word.  I won’t give her name, but I will say that she resembles a yeti, and not in a wholesome, Julia Child sort of way. Now, … Continue reading

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Bret Wine Never Tasted So Fine

Can you guess why Mel Practice opted out of a career in medicine? Of course you can.  Same reason that the Scheister Brothers don’t have a law firm or why Sam ‘n’ Ella don’t open a sushi bar. So, when … Continue reading

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Buggy Over Bugey

If you fancy yourself a genuine wine pro, and are the kind of supercilious genuine wine pro who is too proud to learn new words from a genuine sloppy, slathering wino, I recommend that you skip this part, because I’m … Continue reading

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And What Is So Rare As A Red Alsace?

  ‘And what is so rare as a red Alsace? Then, if ever, come redolent ripe Pinot noir from clay and loess. Too little is made for media hype. Whether we slurp, or whether we guzzle, It’s Rouge d’Ottrott we … Continue reading

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