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  • 18 Wines to Buy Now: Bordeaux and Burgundy

    A few weeks ago I wrote an introduction to the great cellarable wines of France. Today, I want to begin to follow up on that topic, exploring where one might...


  • The Best of Bordeaux and Burgundy To Buy Today

    With so many great wines out there it is difficult to know most and impossible to know them all. What follows are wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy that I...


  • Affordable French Wines

    Last week, I started a rundown of cellarable wine. I hate the term “collectible” -- they’re not freaking stamps, and you don’t collect cheese or...


  • A Little Bit of Malbec

    Malbec seems as though it is always preceded by the word "Argentine" these days, though the cringe-worthy alternative “Argentinian” is probably even more...


  • France in the Cellar

    One of the joys of wine geekery is the selecting, buying, cellaring, and eventual consumption of wines. Establishing one’s cellar, and all that entails, is...


  • French Sparkling Wine

    Any discussion of sparkling wine should begin at the beginning, in Champagne. The only wines that can truly be called Champagne come from grapes grown in the...


  • Most Expensive French Wines

    If you ever wondered if price is some sort of corollary with quality in wine, I’m here to answer your question. The answer is yes, and no, sometimes, but...


  • Top-Priced French Wines

    (Full page) If you ever wondered if price is some sort of corollary of quality in wine, I’m here to answer your question. The answer is yes, and no,...


  • Exploring Burgundy

    (Full page) Let me start off by letting you know that I am smart enough to not attempt to conquer Burgundy in a single bound. In fact, even two will only...


  • Wine 101 - The Wines of Burgundy

    Let me start off by letting you know that I am smart enough to not attempt to conquer Burgundy in a single bound. In fact, even two will only just begin to...


  • Wine 101 - The Wines of Bordeaux (Part 2)

    Bordeaux is the world’s best-known, and largest, wine region, though its diversity makes for a deceptive impression. In most consumers’ minds it’s a...


  • Wine 101 - The Wines of Bordeaux (Part 1)

    Bordeaux is the world’s best-known, and largest, wine region, though its diversity makes for a deceptive impression. In most consumers’ minds it’s a...


  • Wine 101 - Loire Valley Wines

    The Loire Valley is one of the most exciting wine regions in France these days. Slow to be recognized and embraced by the world’s wine lovers, this...


  • Wine 101 - Northern Rhone Wines

    Unlike the wines of the Southern Rhône, the red wines of the north tend to be 100% Syrah, and the only other addition in most cases happens to be a small...


  • Wine 101 - Southern Rhone

    The main grape in the Southern Rhône is Grenache, followed by Syrah, Mourvèdre, and then Cinsaut. This is a land of blended wines; so getting to know the...


  • Discover St. Emilion

    The beautiful, ancient walled town of Saint-Emilion is one of Bordeaux’s most cherished historical treasures and home to some of its greatest estates. The...


  • 2007 Bordeaux: The Left Bank

    I've gotten a lot of flack for some of my opinions about these 2007 Bordeaux. While there certainly are many poor 2007s, the vintage is not a complete...


  • 2007 Bordeaux - The Right Bank

    The trend over the past decade or so in Bordeaux (and around the globe) has been towards bigger, darker, fruitier wines. There have been many means to this...


  • Sud de France

    Amidst the varied terrain you can find outstanding vineyards for red wines -- from rich and round Grenache, to characterful Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault...


  • 2007 Bordeaux: Petits Chateaux

    While I always recommend sampling the wares of the Petit Chateaux, as they are generally a great source of values, I think there is a greater likelihood than...


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