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Welcome to Wine of the Month Club’s Wine-Pedia: A Free Wine Encyclopedia! Here you will find a variety of articles and videos on topics ranging from wine and food pairings to informational wine videos, and much more! There are a few different ways to navigate this Wine-Pedia. To choose a topic you would like to… read more »

Wine with Food: White Zinfandel| Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: White Zinfandel By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. | The other day, as I was arriving for a meeting at a hotel, a luncheon meeting of a women’s club must have been letting out. I ran into an acquaintance who was carrying a bot­tle of wine. She stopped me and said “Paul, I just… read more »

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Chardonnay, 1982. Coastal Wines Ltd.| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHARDONNAY. 1982 – COASTAL WINES LTD. by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1983 The negociant concept is not common to the United States wine market. It is very widespread in Europe. In fact, the growth of the wine industry in countries like France and Germany can be credited in many respects to the marketing skill of the… read more »

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Cabernet Sauvignon, 1980. Topolos At Russian River Vineyards| Vintage Wine History and Information

CABERNET SAUVIGNON. 1980–TOPOLOS AT RUSSIAN RIVER VINEYARDS by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | August 1983 This winemaker has flair. He does things in a different way. His label is sideways on the bottle!.. He puts his name on the label preceding the name of the winery, with the preposition “at” possibly implying that he comes first… read more »

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Chateau Giscours, 1977. Margaux| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHATEAU GISCOURS. 1977 – MARGAUX by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1983 The credentials of our red wine this month carries a lot of clout. If you know Bordeaux wines, you know about Chateau Giscours. It is situ­ated in the parish of Margaux, near the village of Labarde. The famous classification of 1855 for Medoc wines,… read more »

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Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 1981. Ilraccianello | Vintage Wine History and Information

VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO.1981 – ILRACCIANELLO by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | The wine of Michelangelo! What a credential. Well… that is what a waiter may tell you in Tuscany, when he finds you struggling with a wine list. However if you raise your eyebrows, and maybe attempt to comment that you had not heard that Michelangelo… read more »

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Chardonnay, 1982. Santa Ynez Valley Winery| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHARDONNAY. 1982 – SANTA YNEZ VALLEY WINERY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr |   The California wine this month has a remarkable heritage. The site of the winery is the Old College Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley. It housed the first college estab­lished in California by Franciscan priests in 1843. In 1923, the Bettencourts purchased the property… read more »

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Viña Monty, 1975. Bodegas Montecillo| Vintage Wine History and Information

VIÑA MONTY. 1975 – BODEGAS MONTECILLO by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr |   There were vineyards in Rioja when the Romans colonized this area of Spain. It was one of the first regions to be recaptured during the Reconquest, and it supplied wine in large quantity to the thirsty Conquistadors. By 1770 a ” Royal Society of… read more »

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Zinfandel, 1980. Burgess| Vintage Wine History and Information

ZINFANDEL. 1980 – BURGESS by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | April 1983   From Hopewell Junction, New York, to St. Helena, California, is a long hop; but for jet pilots like Tom Burgess, it is just next door. That’s where Tom and Linda Burgess hail from. They purchased the original Souverain Cellars in 1972, renamed it,… read more »

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Bourgogne de Chapitre, 1980. Jaffelin| Vintage Wine History and Information

BOURGOGNE DE CHAPITRE. 1980. –  JAFFELIN by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | March 1983 The well known firm of Jaffelin of Beaune, France, (capital of Burgundy), is a typical example of the phenomenon of négociant-éleveur. To my knowledge, we do not have the equivalent profession in our country. We might have a few negotiants, but no… read more »

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Semillon Reserve, 1980. Ventana| Vintage Wine History and Information

SEMILLON RESERVE. 1980 – VENTANA by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | March 1983 It seems the folks at Ventana are primarily research oriented. Starting as grape growers, they supplied fine grapes to small prestigious wineries whose individual winemakers demanded specific requirements. Recognizing the maxim that to make a great wine, you start with a great grape;… read more »

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