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French Wine: 2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose

Château Gruaud Larose never surprised me more than at my father’s 70th birthday party, which was itself a surprise party. Why is it good when a wine surprises you? Well, simply because it has gone […]

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French Wines: Brangelina’s Miraval Rosé

Since when did celebrities become interested in making French wines? Perhaps this makes more sense for French celebrities in their home country: from soccer players Matthieu Chalmé and Johan Micoud in […]

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2009 Moulin de la Lagune

How well do you know your French wines? Bordeaux loyalists can rattle off the first and second growths (think Châteaux Lafite, Latour, Cos d’Estournel and Gruaud Larose) as effortlessly as counting […]

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2011 William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux

Among French wines, Chablis is and always will be an undisputed classic. Celebrated and admired for its cool-climate austerity and distinctive flinty notes, it is a pure chardonnay experience. But what really […]

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France’s Retort to Port: 2009 La Tour Vieille Banyuls Rimage

The holidays are here, and with them come all sorts of festive combinations of delicacies and special French wines to enhance the spirit of the season. In the mood for merry? I’d recommend a […]

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Domaine Bott-Geyl, Les Eléments, Gewurztraminer 2009

With the Valentine’s season upon us, how can we not indulge our wild wine passions? But which French wine would be our best bet for a Love Potion No. 9? In order to live up to the famous lyrics […]

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2007 Domaine les Grands Bois, Cuvée Gabrielle, Côtes du Rhône Villages

The Rhône Valley is a treasure chest of highly desirable French wines at very reasonable prices. The 2007 Cuvée Gabrielle from Domaine les Grands Bois is a great example of this consumer-friendly […]

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2010 Château de Sancerre

2010 Château de Sancerre

Parisian society in 1913 got an unexpected taste of pagan ritual during the premiere of Stravinsky’s adventurous musical accompaniment to Les Ballets Russes. Historical accounts of The Rite of Spring […]

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2009 Château de Sancerre Rouge

Lovers of French wines often have a special place in their hearts for pinot noir. Some even consider the pursuit of the ultimate pinot to be the wine equivalent of the pursuit of the holy grail. Why do the […]

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2010 Château Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc

Seeking the right French wine can be a lot like house hunting. Will you go for something bright and charming that looks great from the outside? Or perhaps something warm and comfortable that provides […]

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2011 Domaine Collotte Marsannay Rosé

The French wine cognoscenti have long been searching out and enjoying the pleasures of lively and refreshing rosés. For those of you who want to remain loyal to the pink persuasion but are ready for […]

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2009 Domaine Mittnacht Frères Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is technically the French wine equivalent of pinot grigio, which is widely enjoyed as a cocktail wine among the book club set from Seattle to Saint-Tropez. For many social groups, entertaining […]

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2010 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc

Domaine Roulot produces some of the most sought-after French wines exhibiting the quintessential qualities of the exalted appellation Meursault. Jean-Marc Roulot’s style is bright and chiseled […]

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French Wines Worthy of Indulgences: Château Pape Clément Blanc 2009

In the Middle Ages, Pope Clément V reformed the Catholic Church’s practice of granting indulgences, in which some priests may have implied that sins could be forgiven for generous contributions […]

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Domaine Alain Gras

Domaine Alain Gras St.-Romain Rouge 2009

It may surprise you to learn that the most intriguing and distinctive French wines are produced from vines that have “struggled” to produce their fruit. Perhaps they endured a period of drought […]

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