Category Archives: BRANDY

Cognac’s Corrupt Compromise—Converting Cultivated Caché To Criminal Cash

‘There will always be a kind of love story between myself and that odd, unpredictable collection of bourgeois chauvinists who call themselves la France.’ – James Baldwin, Negro Based on the existence of a perennially popular Paris Hilton, a mystifyingly … Continue reading

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Chateau Chantal Releases Some Dandy Post-Prandy Brandy

Why the amazing Chateau Chantal always sort of hangs around the periphery of my Michigan wine conscience instead of barreling to the forefront is truly one of God’s mysteries.  I’ve met winemaker Brian Hosmer many times over the years—a bright, … Continue reading

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The Wheel Deal: Cognac’s on a Roll

Everybody talks about reinventing the wheel like it’s a bad thing.  What if you tossed in a tot of Hennessey XO mid-spoke? That’s what the cognac cognoscenti did during the Second International Cognac Summit, which sounds a lot more fun … Continue reading

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