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  • Americans have a certain countess to thank for the recent inclusion of two United States varietals in the Downton Abbey series of wines. The Countess of Grantham Lady Cora Crawley is the namesake of the new line, called “Countess of Grantham Collection,” a nod to the countess' American birth.  “The wines – a Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, bo... Read More

    From the article Lords and Ladies: Downton Abbey Adds American Offerings to Wine Line

  • Thanks for that, Emark.  As an added note, the Cistercians (sometimes called Bernardines, after Bernard of Clairvaux--I didn't actually know that part until just now) were the ones who started the whole classification of Burgundy vineyards.  All those Clos vineyards were within the walls of the abbayes.  I've read quite a bit elsewhere--in Johns... Read More

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  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the makers are wired into some deity.Check out that label:  The Abbey of New Clairvaux Trappist Made ProductOnce again I am scurrying off to the Internet to learn about this.  Sure enough the New Clairvaux vineyard is located at an abbey in Vina, CA (Tehama County).  They have tw... Read More

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  • France's Champagne region is looking to end the champagne debate once and for all. The region, whose name is used by countless sparkling wine producers who do not produce their wines in Champagne, is looking forward to their July 2015 meeting with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in which the region h... Read More

    From the article Champagne Looks To Harvest UNESCO Designation

  • Hello all,This is for the opportunists amongst us.. if you have kids or will be carving pumpkins one of my friends is doing a little competition. They own a graphic design agency and have three pumpkin carving templates. Each year they give away a nice bottle of wine to whomever does the best job with their templates.So, with that said, if you'r... Read More

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  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. Rain came early, often and didn’t want to go away. It was a cool year as well, forcing winemakers to spend even more time walking the vineyards than usual. Napa Valley is accustomed to dry, warm, sunny growing seasons. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely known for ... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet

  • They did manage to get some good ones, Scholium, Lioco, Spottswode, Soliste (yay!), Arnot-Roberts, Hirsch, Littorai... Read More

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  • Ran out of the J. K. Carriere Pinot Noir.  Next up, a 2010 cab from Freemark Abbey in Napa Valley.  I don't remember when or where we acquired this bottle.  The wine tastes ok, but nothing special to me. Read More

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  • Freemark Abbey was actually quite good back in the late '60s, all through the '70s and into the '80s. They were even included in the 1976 Judgment of Paris where they took 10th place, amongst some very heavyweight competition. Will post those results, fully expecting the formatting to go awry... ;-( For the reds, then the whites:RankGradeWineVin... Read More

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  • I have just returned from my long weekend motorcycle trip to France;Saumur,Fontevraud Abbey,Chinon castle, Chateau de Chennonceaux and Rouen.I got served some nice wines with my evening meals in the hotels and I managed to find space in my baggage for a few souvenir bottles.I bought two bottles of Chinon in Chinon plus a Vouvray and a Touraine.I... Read More

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