McSally? #LockHerUp

It pissed me off when that awful Arizona Senator, McSally, called the CNN reporter “a liberal hack.” Not only is that an offensive term, but McSally’s body language was a mirror into her dark soul: angry, resentful, paranoid, self-aggrandizing, bullying, vicious. Does that remind you of anyone? Yes, McSally’s Fuehrer, Donald J. Trump. Republicans have always been a nasty bunch. …

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Flying disasters

I fly a lot, so it’s not surprising that I should have my share of flying disasters. Tonight I’ve just had another. The picture above is the view standing outside Madrid airport at 0241 on a Monday morning waiting 20 minutes for a shuttle to a nearby hotel. I was flying to Montevideo to visit Uruguay’s vineyards, travelling with Iberia …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 203, 2020

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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Burgundy winemaker Michel Lafarge dies 

Michel Lafarge with respected Burgundy wine merchant Becky Wasserman-Hone at his family’s Clos du Château des Ducs monopole in Volnay. Credit: Decanter / Michel Joly Michel Lafarge will be remembered as much for his humility as for his winemaking skill at his eponymous winery in Volnay, although that is not to diminish either of those qualities. ‘He was the wise …

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Daily Wine News: Wine List Debate

How much should diners be expected to know about wine? A storm erupted on Twitter after Helen Rosner tweeted about confusing wine lists. Robert Joseph weighs in on the debate in Meininger’s. “Sonoma-based wine company Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) and Kunde Family, a family-owned winery in Sonoma Valley, are suing their insurance companies for refusing to cover wines damaged by …

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Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Producer profile

Jay Boberg is loosening the ratchet-straps that are securing harvest bins to a flatbed trailer in preparation for the picking of Pinot Noir in the Nysa Vineyard the following dawn. Tasting the Domaine Nicolas-Jay range: Domaine Nicolas-Jay: the facts Date founded: 2014 Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon ?Owners: Jean-Nicolas Méo and Jay Boberg Production: 3,500 cases Area under vine: 5.5ha at …

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I’ll Drink to That: Author and Master of Wine, Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Episode 477 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Mary Ewing-Mulligan, President of International Wine Center and co-author of the book Wine For Dummies. The secret to communicating with a neophyte audience about wine? Be literal. Use words whose literal meaning is clear, and avoid jargon. That’s what Mary-Ewing Mulligan tells us in this interview, where …

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Le Clarence, Paris – A taste of Haut-Brion in Paris

Le Clarence, Paris 31 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris You would be forgiven for thinking you’re in a Bordeaux château, such is the grandeur. But this is the centre of Paris, the so-called Golden Triangle, in a 19th century mansion that has been restored so sumptuously that giggles involuntarily erupt. Opened in 2015, Le Clarence is the brainchild of …

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Armenia and the birthplace of winemaking

Khor Virap monastery in Armenia. It’s hard to imagine a prouder but more oppressed people than the Armenians, who have played starring roles in the creation of coffee culture, the colour TV, the hairdryer, the ATM and even the green dye of US banknotes but, throughout history, have faced waves of invaders from Persians to Soviets via Byzantines, Mongols, Ottomans …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/12/20

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a bunch of wines from only a couple of producers, rather than the usual smattering. Let’s start with the three wines …

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Winter Wonderland Whites: Think Wine, Regionality, Food, and Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino

This intro is for five wines tasted in a series. If you want to just skip to the wine, scroll down for ” Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino.” Winter white wines are so scrumptious, with not only dense foods, but also with lighter foods. I don’t think of them so much as seasonal, anymore; i.e., “I […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2020/01/18/winter-wonderland-whites-think-wine-regionality-food-and-umani-ronchi-vellodoro-pecorino/

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