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The Worst Bottle Of Wine I Ever Had

I never thought I would write about a bad bottle of wine, but this bottle was so bad that I thought it deserved broaching the subject: in case there was redeeming value in the experience. One of the charges to myself, in my wine endeavors, is to locate and taste wines that are not imported… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1988, Monte Verde

Widely known for their successes in motor racing, brothers Frank and Phil Arciero, along with their sons, operate one of California’s largest construction and development companies. The message: Success is an attitude. With 700 acres of estate owned vineyard land, a 78,000 sq. ft. production and bottling facility and a complete self-contained water reclamation system… read more »

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Portugal Has More Than Port!

By the time you are reading this, Rosemarie and I will be sleeping off our jet lag from an extensive exploration of Portuguese wines and foods. This is our first “four week” in depth study session…. Now that Jr. is running the shop, we can afford to spend that kind of time! (He is getting… read more »

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Adventures In Eating: Apples in Robes

No matter now much effort one puts into a self designated commitment volunteering time, somehow unexpected and calculated good things do happen. After moving to Julian (apple country), a serious matter presented itself to us. The U.S. Forest Service had a Master Plan to place a 37 mile road through the Cleveland National Forest for… read more »

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Import Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1988, Errazuriz Panquehue

(Editorial forenote: It pleases me to see how often [and unexpectedly so] Paul chooses these wonderful wines from Chile as club selections. I have been a long time fan of Chilean wines. They of­ten represent bargain values. L.T.) The Errazuriz Panquehue Winery (their slogan is “once you have tasted our wines… you’ll want to learn… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Pinot Noir, 1987, Congress Springs

The Congress Springs Winery, situated on the Santa Clara side of the rugged Santa Cruz mountain is surrounded by such illustrious neighbors as David Bruce, Martin Ray, Mount Eden and Ridge Vine­yards. Dan Gehrs and his wife Robin rebuilt the winery (which dates from the 1890’s) in 1976. Dan’s winemaking philosophy… “We don’t try to… read more »

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The Matter Of Letting The Bottle “Breathe”

I do not belong to the school that insists all wine must be allowed to breathe before serving. If the belief is rigid, I consider it a fetish. To really recognize the benefit that comes from “breathing” of wine, one must look at the chemistry of wine, and the physics of the breathing pro­cess. What… read more »

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Import Selection: Gewurztraminer, 1985, A. Gaschy

WOW! That was the second word we exclaimed after tasting this wine. We couldn’t get the first one out be­cause we were struck speechless by the richness. Okay, so I love great gewurztra­miner. But, this isn’t just great, it is phenomenal! More on that later. First, though, I really love the story of gewurztraminer. Gewurztraminer… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Gamay Beaujolais, 1986, Fetzer

Yes, Virginia, there is wine after Napa and Sonoma. (And. . . awfully good wine, too!) In Mendocino for example… One of the best wineries from that region happens to be one of the biggest, Fetzer. Barney and Kathleen Fetzer started their winery in 1968 with help from 10 of their 12 children. Today, it… read more »

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Adventures in Eating – Honey and Nut Glazed Brie

“Madam,” the ancient proverb says… “That one rich drop of honey sweet, As an alluring luscious treat, Is known to tempt more flies by far, Than a whole tun of vinegar.” St. Francis de Sales 1821 You guessed right. Honey is our subject this month. The quote was a favorite of King Henry IV, and… read more »

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