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Blind Tasting the Right Bank, Graves and Bergerac

All of our tasting and collecting of wines leads up to our big event – the Blind Tasting: “Le Grand Degustation a l’aveugle”  We have collected almost fifty wines and when all those wines are sitting in front of us as we prepare for the blind tasting we are like little kids on Christmas morning.  We can’t wait to get …

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Defeated By Lunch

For the last couple of days we stayed at one of my favorite places in all of France – Chateau de Sanse – a beautifully restored ruin about a half hour east of St Emilion.  We knew that none of the wineries would be open on Saturday so we made out way to one of the best restaurants in France …

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St Emilion

One of the disappointing things about Vinexpo this year was the absence of a St Emilion tasting.  We now have almost forty wines for the blind tasting from the left bank and Pomerol but almost nothing from St Emilion.  We love the wines from St Emilion as they tend to be a little softer than their left bank cousins and …

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Vinexpo is Over

One of our joys is working with wonderful people here.  We are shooting some video of winemakers and here is the owner of Chateau La Fleur Jonquet: Today we got up late after the amazing party at Chateau Phelan Segur and a very late night.  We decided to drive up to Cave St Brice and see if we could get …

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Vinexpo Day Three

The days go quickly here with so much wine to taste and so little time.  The convention center where Vinexpo is held is over a kilometer long and yesterday I walked back and forth at least four times.  There was a tasting of Sauternes on one side, then a meeting with a winemaker on the other side and a tasting …

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Vinexpo Day Two

It is rainy and cold here today – which is very unusual for this time of year in France.  It doesn’t bode well for the 2013 vintage, but that is not why we’re here.  We’re here to taste the 2010 and 2011 vintages and select wines for the club. Our day began with a lovely lunch tasting eight wines from …

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Vinexpo – Day One

The first day at Vinexpo is always an exciting time.  The halls are filled with energy and excitement as everyone begins to settle in to tasting the new wines. We began our day tasting 65 wines from the 2010 vintage in the Medoc and Haut Medoc.  I was expecting big things from this event based on the great wines I …

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Dinner in Bordeaux

I stood on the balcony of a third story apartment in the center of Bordeaux and wondered, “How did I get here?”  On my first visit to Bordeaux in 1999 I gazed at the ancient buildings and marveled at a wine world that seemed closed – even hostel – to outsiders, and I was certainly an outsider.   On that first …

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Summer 2013 – Beginnings

The flight is never good but I know I will not get any sympathy form any of you reading this so why complain?  I have arrived three days early in hopes of getting over the jet lag prior to the start of Vinexpo and our yearly tasting adventure.  It’s quiet in Margaux at 3:30 am.  That says it all.  Vinexpo …

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The first day in France is always a long day and I never seem to do well with jet lag.  After flights from Philly to JFK, JFK to Paris and Paris to Bordeaux I arrived by 8:30am and was totally exhausted.  I waited for my friend John to arrive at 11:40 and we began our trip by driving up the …

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